Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh win the Grand Prix
06 10 2015
The stage was beautifully set for a thrilling, final Grand Prix at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, and in front of a sold-out crowd, Marco Kutscher (GER) riding 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Van Gogh (Numero Uno x Bernstein) delivered the fastest clear round in the jump off. Kutscher’s time of 37.04 seconds shaved off .89 seconds from world's number one Scott Brash’s clear time of 37.93 seconds.
Kent Farrington (USA), Steve Guerdat (SUI), Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT), and Patrice Delaveau (FRA) joined Kutscher, Brash, and Hemeryck to vie for top honors over a looping jump-off that required competitors to ride tight, inside turns to have a chance of winning.
Brash set a fast, clear pace, but he didn’t think that his lead would hold. Farrington nearly did overtake Brash’s time, but it wasn’t until the last to go in the final round that dethroned the number one ranked rider in the world from winning the show’s headlining grand prix.
1 VAN GOGH NUMERO UNO NED41525 KWPN Marco KUTSCHER GER 0/0/37.04 148.500 $
2 HELLO M'LADY INDOCTRO 103JN86 BWP Scott BRASH GBR 0/0/37.93 90.000 $
3 VOYEUR TOLANO VAN 'T RIETHOF 102TH86 KWPN Kent FARRINGTON USA 0/0/38.08 67.500 $
4 KAVALIER KANNAN 103RZ07 SI-UNIRE Steve GUERDAT SUI 0/0/39.05 45.000 $
5 FIRST DEVISION ANDIAMO 103IB76 BWP Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid AL THANI QAT 0/0/40.13 27.000 $
6 CARLITTO VAN'T ZORGVLIET BURGGRAAF BEL42661 BWP Rik HEMERYCK BEL 0/12 20.250 $
7 LACRIMOSO 3 HDC LANDJUNGE 102WS51 Holst Patrice DELAVEAU FRA 0/12 13.500 $