BW-Bank Indoor Championship: Markus Kölz snatches win as the last to go in the jump-off

Stuttgart – For the second time since 2013, local rider Markus Kölz today won the BW-Bank Indoor Championship, the unofficial state championship, in front of 7,100 spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. In an exciting jump-off contested by the nine riders that went clear in the first round, the 37-year old raced around the course in 40.93 seconds on Etiche de Fribos to finish over one second to the good of five-time champion Timo Beck riding the ten-year old stallion Habicht CR (42.08).


Just behind Beck in third place was the top lady rider Tina Deuerer riding her Holstein stallion Chanoc (42.20). 

“In the first round, my gelding lost a horseshoe on the way to the triple and we lost our rhythm for a while,” said the professional rider when looking back on his performance at the post competition press conference. The problem was put right by the smith in the break before the jump-off “and going last was good for me – my tactics worked a treat.” Replying to Gotthilf Riexinger’s tongue in cheek criticism “the men could have at least made way for the women,” the victor countered, “I definitely try to be a gentleman but as Timo was already ahead of Tina, I didn’t have to be nice to her.” 

Stefan Schütz, the spokesman of the BW-Bank, warmly congratulated the winner: “It was very exciting and a pleasure watching Markus ride.” He then went on to praise the horse show director: “Compliments to Gotthilf Riexinger that he always has the knack of putting on an attractive horse show.” 


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