Speed, speedier, Schwizer in the STAWAG-Prize
Pius Schwizer claimed the STAWAG-Prize for Switzerland with a fast-paced round. One other pair was actually even faster, but unfortunately, they were disqualified.
In the STAWAG-Prize, a speed competition, Pius Schwizer (SUI) and his 13-year-old OS gelding, Chaquilot, raced across the finish line of the 1.50-metre course built by the course designer, Frank Rothenberger, in a time of 63.46 seconds. “It really was a very fast jumping class,” stressed Pius Schwizer, while at the same time admitting that there was one other rider, who had actually beaten his time: The French rider, Roger-Yves Bost, with Sunshine du Phare. However, during the examination by the veterinarian after the ride, it turned out that the chestnut horse had blood on his flank. This led to his disqualification in accordance with the regulations. That meant the victory for Schwizer, who was full of praise for his four-legged partner, whom he has only been riding since the start of the year: “He is a true speed specialist, very careful and he has a super attitude!” This has brought Chaquilot and Schwizer in the short time they have been together (he was previously ridden by the German show-jumper Philipp Houston) three golden rosettes and placings under the top ten in almost every class.
Philipp Weishaupt has had a fantastic show so far with two victories and a second place. His ten-year-old Hanoverian-bred Coby by Contagio won two of the rosettes. A gold one for winning the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen yesterday and a silver one today for finishing second in the STAWAG-Prize with a clear round in 64.49 seconds. Coby was obviously listening yesterday when his rider said he has the feeling the gelding is destined for greater tasks!
Behind Philipp Weishaupt, winner of the Grand Prix of Aachen in 2016, came Gregory Wathelet, who won the Major here in 2017. The clock stopped at 65.09 seconds for his Erco van’t Roosakker daughter, Iphigenia de Muze.
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