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Show Jumping - Kurten Sets Cracking Pace At Gothenburg

It was Ireland's Jessica Kurten who set a cracking pace at the opening day of the World Cup Show in Gothenburg, Sweden today (Thursday), with three Top Ten places in the three major competitions of the day.

Riding three different horses, the ten yr-old Lady Preishammer, the nine yr-old Quibell, and her veteran Grand Prix horse, the 17 yr-old Paavo N, the Cullybackey-born rider set the standard for her fellow Northern Irish riders Trevor Coyle and World Champion Dermott Lennon to follow.

However, all eyes will be on Coyle this Saturday, when he jumps in the last qualifying competition for the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April. Currently in equal 16th place in the Western European leaderboard, Coyle must finish in the Top 18 if he is to be the sole Irish representative at the Final, so points gained at Gothenburg may
be vital in returning him to the World Cup arena for the first time since 1999, when he finished Second overall on the Irish-bred stallion <Cruising>.


Class 2
International Jumping Competition
Table A/A 1m40 Two Phases
Thursday, 27 March 2003

1) NOBLE SAVAGE H; Marcus EHNING (GER) Faults 0.00 Time 22.26
2) KASSANDRA ; Rolf-Goran BENGTSSON (SWE) Faults 0.00 Time 22.38
3) LAIKO B; Charlotte LUND (DEN) Faults 0.00 Time 22.72
4) LADY PREISHAMMER; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 22.96

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Class 3
International Jumping Competition
Table A 1m40 against the clock
Thursday, 27 March 2003

1) OLYMPIA 73; Michel ROBERT (FRA) Faults 0.00 Time 54.85
2) GANDINI BIANCA D'AMAURY; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA) Faults 0.00 Time 56.00
3) FRONTLINE; Markus FUCHS (SUI) Faults 0.00 Time 56.16
6) QUIBELL; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 58.09

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Class 4
International Jumping Competition
Table A 1m50 with one jump-off
Thursday, 27 March 2003

1) MR SPRINGFIELD; Robert SMITH (GBR) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 33.46
2) GRANIE 5; Markus FUCHS (SUI) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 35.89
3) CANTARO 11; Soren VON RONNE (GER Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 36.62

7) PAAVO N; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) Faults 0.00/4.00 Time 38.82

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