Holger Hetzel Cup
Nations Cup rider Holger Hetzel was getting the winter season off to a cracking start in the brand new indoor arena at his equestrian centre in Goch. Holger Hetzel has invited the créme de la créme of the show jumping world, including the reigning German Champion, European champions, world champions and Olympic medal winners, to compete for the € 40,000 prize money in the 1.50 m class. And everyone came.
It is a dream of every organizer: due to the large number of visitors the construction needed to be closed very early.The winner of the Grand Prix, endowed with 40.000€ was the 25-year old David Will from Pfungstadt. The student of Dietmar Gugler, who won the Badenia in Mannheim, won the Grand Prix in front of Nicole Persson (SWE) from the stable Ehning in Borken with Quante Z. Denis Nielsen (Cloppenburg) and Come Undome became third and Cian O´Connor, who won the bronze medal at the Olympic games with his horse Blue Lloyd, became fourth with the same horse. Further placements were earned by Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst (Warstein) abroad Balermo, Markus Renzel (Alt Marl) abroad Chico, also the successful rider Gert-Jan Bruggink (Netherlands) abroad Andrea, who lost the 1st place and the award of 10.000 € because of a fault on the last fence with the minimum time.
A lot of international successful riders found their way to Goch: Former World Champion Jos Lansink (Belgium), the Team Gold medal winner of the Olympic games Lars Nieberg (Münster), the former European Champion Marco Kutscher (Riesenbeck) and his colleague Philip Weishaupt, Team World Champion Janne Frederike Meyer (Schenefeld) as well as double Olympic Gold Medal winner Michael Jung (Horb). Also Katharina Offel (Wipperfürth), the current German Champion Eva Bitter (Bad Essen) and Bliss Heers (USA) followed the invitation of their colleague and organizer to the Rhineland.
The first show at Holger Hetzel stables was great, everyone was impressed and surprised what Holger Hetzel and his team organized in such a short time. ,, It was a great day and a befitting opening of the new indoor”, Holger Hetzel said. The show set a course, also regarding the visitors, because for some of them the competition ended quickly: Due to the fact of the big visitors- run they had to close the yard before. Time for a deep breath is short for the team of Holger Hetzel,in two weeks the 9th sport horse sales will take place.
Smint and Noemie Goergen
A show of one´s own it anyway thrilling. The tournament of ones own is anyway exciting. At the own competition it is anyway stress but if the own daughter is jumping and former horses from our stable are competing, this still beats the whole situation. All quadruped made best advertising for our stable and the home match also enjoyed Laura to the fullest. In the saddle of Polly Pocket the thirteen-year old girl showed fabulous rounds in the 1.35m and 1.40m class. Despite the many depressed thumbs, Laura couldn't put down her name on the placing list, however, what the joy at the performances did not dull. Also Carolin Becker rode very well. The seven-year-old Smint (auction horse 2012) completed his successes under the saddle of Noemie Goergen with a 3rd place in a 1.35m and also in the 1.40m class with jump-off. Timberland (auction horse 2009) and the Amazon Pia- Marie Schröder became 4th in the 1.35m class.
Before the famous stars competed at the ``Holger Hetzel Cup” yesterday, a 1.35m and a 1.40m class with jump-off have been scheduled. Next to national riders and participants from foreign countries also regional amateur riders could present their selves to the strong competitors and offered an excellent sport. The three sections of the 1.35m class have been won by Noemie Goergen abroad Self Made, Werner Heyne abroad All America and Felix Schneider abroad Laverin la Couleur. Lukas Wilmsen- Himmes became second and Stefanie Reining was happy about the 4th place with her mare Jacordina in this challenging jumping competition. The happy winner of the 1.40m class with a jump-off was Pippa Allen from Eschweiler. She is jumping for the team Stormanns. In the saddle of her horse Cupido Pippa Allen arranged an amazing jump-off, because she started at last of 14 riders and succeeded with the fastest round. This is exciting sport, how we love it! We do not only have been pleased that a lot of riders from Kleve came, but also that they were so successful.
Everyone who has ever organized an event knows how much work it is and how many people are needed for realizing everything. What my team realized in such a short time is just incredible for me and makes me silence. With amazing passion everyone, really everyone, gave the best and helped to make this event come true. The premiere was exciting for all of us and only with the help of every single team member it succeeded, to start such a great tournament. The perfect service in the course, supporting the participants and their companions, organizing entrance and making everything nice- our team (click here to find more information about our team) has done a sensational work with the eye for little details.
Our ``man for everything Peter Nolden was always available and always on the spot, also electrician Swen Wessels did his best and solved several problems (from small to big) with the power. Maik Wallrafen made beautiful pictures, show office BILA got everything under control, ring master Klaus Jung provided the speedy entrance, the parking team had the all-round view above the coordination. The speaker Kristin Liebelt and Volker Raulf cared for the entertainment, the judges had fun and the coordinators of the screen took care of the actual news. In the course the team of “Blumen Dietz” and the course designer Frank Rothenberger provided great moments, the company Vornbrock guaranteed a perfect ground. Carlo´s Catering were spoiling culinary, Guido Franssen from the party- and event service provided security and a perfect stand. Thanks to our sponsors (more details here) and also to my colleagues- the main protagonists, who followed my invitation! As you can read, an event needs a lot of people and if I forgot somebody I apologize. At this place I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped us making this premiere unforgettably.