In Valkenswaard it was the Grandorado TN-son Mister SFN that triumphed in the hotly contested Blom Cup final. Ridden by Hessel Hoekstra he outstripped 24 combinations in the jump-off. 

Out of the 40 combinations that made their appearance in today’s final, 25 qualified for the jump-off. In the quest for a podium place and coveted invitation to Lanaken a fast pace was of the essence and that resulted in a conclusion full of thrills and spills.     

Pristine rounds

Hessel Hoekstra skillfully directed his Mister SFN (studbook name Manana Manana van de Reesterhof, Grandorado TN out of Valery ster pref prest PROK by Haarlem, bred by Ton Lautenschutz of Ruurlo) to another exceptional clear round as the two emerged as winners. The Blom Cup has always offered an interesting opportunity to compare a horse to its peers and this achievement confirms that Mister SFN completely complies with the mission statement of the Springpaardenfonds. “Mister SFN shows so much quality and is getting better by the day!”, reacts a joyful Hessel Hoekstra. Ruben Dario Ramirez held on to the lead for a long time, but eventually had to settle for the second place. His Maximus Quantum Leap (Carrera VDL out ofBolette TH ster PROK by Indoctro, bred by K.B. Huygen of Eemdijk) was sold to Auke de Jong and Petra Strikwerda at the KWPN Online Foal Auction. “I am very pleased! My most important task was making sure he would stay relaxed, because then he gets in the flow and you have to do very little”, explains the rider. Coming in third was Murosa (Zambesi out of Furosa keur sport-spr by Namelus R, bred by T. Verberk of Oploo) and Maxime Thefenne. The best mare produced a lightning-fast jump-off. The best five-year-old stallion was Mindset ES (Aganix du Seigneur out of Hosanne ES keur sport-spr pref by Kannan, bred by and registered to Egbert Schep), ridden by Jarno van Erp he claimed the fifth position. The stallion did not come near any rails as he showcased his impressive canter and ditto jumping skills. The ten best combinations have earned a ticket to the World Championships in Lanaken. 


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