The most prestigious competitive event on Saturday at Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping of Hungary CSIO5* was the 140-160 centimeter EXIM Awards. The 30,000 Euro prize event awarded qualifier points for the final of the 2018-19 world cup series in Goteborg in April, thus the stakes were quite high for the participants. The competition produced a truly international clash; among the ten competing riders, eight different nations were represented, Hungary included.
The sixth jump - a matte black incline - produced the most errors of the competition, which had to be performed against the sun, consequently resulting in just four flawless rides.
Once again, history repeated itself, as after two decades, the national anthem that was played at the BUDAPEST CSIO cup once again honoured a Portuguese rider, as Luis Sabino Goncalves proved the fastest in the saddle of nine year old Dominka Van De Lucashoeve (Cardento 933 / Chin Chin). The vase of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory was presented to the winner by Dr. Gyula Budai, the Ministerial Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Vilmos Lázár, the President of the Hungarian Equestrian Federation.
In a tight race, the second place finish had been secured by Wojciech Wojcianiec of Poland with a time result within one second of the winner.
Geir Gulliksen of Norway finished in the third place.
The best Hungarian result was secured by István Fazekas, riding Walter (Mythos / Justboy) owned by Antal Nagy. The duo finished in ninth place, an outstanding result.
The Hungarian anthem was played at the Regale Award.
The Longines FEI Nations CupTM Jumping of Hungary CSIO5* Budapest couldn’t have started any better, as the highlight of the day, the Regale prize, an event where an athlete can obtain World Cup points and is a time and fault based competitive event for 150 centimeters, bought Hungarian victory. The riders had to compete in the Regale arena on a close-to-elite level international course for the total award of 25,000 Euros.
Gábor Szabó Jr. did not disappoint the audience with his Hungarian-bred mare, Timpex Bölcsész, owned by István Tárbály, as he defeated the two-time Olympic champion Russian Rider Vladimir Tuganov by close to a second.
The vase of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory was presented to the winner by Barna Paár, the owner of the Regale, and Vilmos Lázár, the President of the Hungarian Equestrian Federation.
Photo: CSIO Budapest / Krisztina Hajdu