Harrie Wiering leaves competitors no chance in the Grand Prix

April 30. 2023

Beerbaum's Mila now in action under Eoin McMahon


Spring fever in Riesenbeck. The spectators enjoyed the sun on the edge of the large sand arena at the first outdoor tournament and saw an appealing competition in the Grand Prix of Riesenbeck, a 1.45-meter jumping competition with 13 obstacles and 16 jumps, amidst birdsong from the old oak trees, which had to be decided in a jump-off of the twelve clear pairs from the round.

The Dutch rider Harrie Wiering with his ten-year-old chestnut gelding Harley obviously had his sights set on finishing right at the front, even as the penultimate starter. He rode the entire jump-off course on the move, shortened the curves where possible and kept his eye on the goal right to the end: victory. He achieved this in a super time (0/37.35) and left no chance to the competitors around the second placed Philip Rüping on Chatouline Ps (0/40.06). Michael Symmangk and Caillaux finished third (0/41.31). 

With a new rider in the saddle, Ludger Beerbaum's top mare Mila is just getting acquainted. "I didn't want Mila to have too long a break from competition. That's why I chose Eoin McMahon as her rider at the beginning of the week," said Ludger Beerbaum, who has to cure a fracture of the neck of the femur and will only ride again after a longer recovery break.

No sooner said than done, on Thursday and Friday the ten-year-old Monte Bellini x Linton daughter competed for the first time in the Medium Tour under the Irish Nations Cup winner Eoin McMahon - both times in super style, always listening to the rider's signals and clear. On Sunday, the pair was the first to start in the Riesenbeck Grand Prix. Despite a beautiful performance and a visibly functioning partnership, they did make a mistake at jump one, but Ludger Beerbaum was satisfied: "It looks good."

Mila's break from competition has thus come to an end. Because the boss has decided: "The two will start in the Global Champions Tour in Madrid." For Ludger Beerbaum, this is no big deal in a team of good riders. "With us it works out well that if necessary one swaps horses with the other. In a team, everyone stands up for the other." 


One gray mare now has a new rider, the other no longer needs to wear a saddle and can now go to the retirement pasture. Because Marcus Ehning sends his 15-year-old Calanda into a well-deserved retirement - after a last joint victory in the main jumping competition on Friday. in Riesenbeck. "Calanda is a horse with an extremely good attitude. I have ridden her for nine years and experienced many beautiful highlights with her. Now I wish that she will have a few more foals." He did not forget to thank the owners of the Hanoverian mare, the Nolte family, for their years of loyalty and support.


All results at: www.results.riesenbeck-international.com/2023/riesenbeck-international_9/