Poznań, Cavaliada – December 18, 2021 – 48 riders tried their chances in the Middle Tour Final competition, counting for the Longines Ranking, for the prize of Kwiaty Polskie and under the patronage of Baborówko Equestrian Association. The first course was quite technical, and ultimately 12 pairs qualified for the jump-off. The best one of them all in the end was 24-year-old Lucas Porter (USA) from the United States, aboard the holsteiner Hope Street – a pair training under the eye of Olympic champion Jeroen Dubbeldam.
“I knew it would be a quick jump-off. Fortunately, I was able to go tenth, so I could see what I needed to do to take the victory today. I can’t name one competitor that I feared, because there were a lot of quick combinations in there. My horse is really fast, and she always looks to the neCavaliaxt fence when we land, and so I just tried to lay down a jump -off that I could do, and that would take the victory, and fortunately it was enough. It’s my first time in Poland, so starting with a victory is always great. It really is a top show, thank you for the organizers who are able to run the event in these difficult times we’re all facing. The Polish fans are very enthusiastic.” – said the winner.
Second place went to Greek rider Angelos Touloupis (GRE), with Lord Mexx, who was only 0,6 second slower. Experienced Dutch athlete Jur Vrieling (NED) closed off the podium riding Griffin van de Heffinck. The best home rider was Dawid Kubiak, who finished 6th with Anastacia III.
Final Results – $100,000 Middle Tour Final CSI 3*- W
1) Lucas Porter (USA) & Hope Street – 0 / 0 – 35.18
2) Angelos Touloupis (GRE) & Lord Mexx – 0 / 0 – 35.78
3) Jur Vrieling (NED) & Griffin Van de Heffinck – 0 / 0 – 35.84
Source: Press Release by Karina Czechowicz from Cavaliada Tour
Photos: © Cavaliada Tour