Schuttert flies to Grand Prix glory

Hendrik-Jan Schuttert won the Equestrian Grand Prix in Hickstead on Sunday.

Schuttert flies to Grand Prix glory

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Henrik-Jan Schuttert

"I am very happy. It is like a dream!" said a delighted Schuttert, 22.

It was not an easy task for the course designer Bob Ellis, who will draw the course at the Olympics in a few days, with a number of inexperienced couples at this level starting - among them, Schuttert.

After winning his first Grand Prix in Copenhagen at the end of May, the Dutchman came first in Hickstead associated to Cerona HS, in front of the champion Ludger Beerbaum who rode the beautiful Chiara.

Beerbaum said he was very happy to be back to this show he loves, after being unable to compete in the past few years due to a very busy calendar, and was satisfied with the result, saying: "I am really pleased with second place.

"I have been riding this mare for only a few months, and we are not perfectly connected yet, but she showed she has the potential to shine at this level.

"Hendrick was the better man today and he diserved to win." French rider Marie Hecart and Myself de Breve came third in front of another lady rider, Louise Pavitt.

In front of her supporters, the Brit signed a beautiful double clear round in the Grand Prix with Don VHP Z, a stallion aged only eight years. With all eyes now on the Olympics, young couples appear set to shine.

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