Koos de Ronde Master of the Marathon at Aachen
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Dutch driver Koos de Ronde wins the Prize of schwartz GmbH, the Marathon, again. de Ronde steered his horses through the solid obstacles in the fastest time in a repeat performance from 2018 at Aachen securing a large lead towards the Nation's Cup to be decided after the cones on Sunday.
The Dutch are to driving competitions what the Germans are in the dressage at the CHIO: Virtually impossible to beat. The 35,000 visitors on the meadows of the Soers at the CHIO Aachen 2019 witnessed top sport today. The cross-country course of the event was extremely tough and very demanding.
The driver from the Netherlands, Koos de Ronde who won the marathon at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, sped into the lead ahead of the rest of the field for the second time at Aachen. His fellow countryman, Ijsbrand Chardon, finished directly behind him in second place keeping the Oranje team the lead in the DHL Nations Cup classification by a close to unbeatable margin. This in spite of Ijsbrand Chardon's son Bram, withdrew in the marathon after one of his horses fell. Neither the horse nor the driver were hurt, and the young Chardon went on to participate in the fun Ride and Drive class with his World Cup Winning indoor team at 9:30 Saturday evening.
Boyd Exell (AUS) came third behind the two Dutchmen and defending his lead in the individual classification, the Prize of Family Richard Talbot.
Germany's Drivers Exell on Home Turf
The German drivers are bound to be in good spirits this evening, after lying in fourth place after the dressage the team was able to move into third place after a great performance in the marathon. Georg von Stein, Anna Sandman, Mareike Harm and Michael Brauchle came sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively in the Prize of schwartz GmbH. Whereby only the scores of Georg von Stein, Harm and Brauchle count for the team result.
The two best German drivers in the individual classification, the Prize of Family Richard Talbot are currently Anna Sandmann in seventh place and Mareike Harm in eighth place. The German national coach, Karl-Heinz Geiger's summary after the marathon: "All three team drivers under the top ten - that is super and particularly our two female drivers did an excellent job!"