Indoor Eventing: Jesse Campbell and Diachello II excel in Stuttgart Masters
The eventing season may be over in Europe, but there is always the indoor eventing season to keep to keep Marlborough area eventers and their horses competing.
And this year's indoor eventing season kicked off with a bang last Wednesday (November 14) with 22 of the world’s top eventers taking to the Stuttgart stadium to compete in the feature eventing class: the Walter Solar Indoor Eventing Derby.
Amongst the line up was Britain's world number one Ros Canter, former world number one and five-time Olympian Germany's Ingrid Klimke and GB team member Laura Collett, to name just a few. With all the competitors vying for the 10,000 euros first prize.
Also there was Ramsbury based New Zealand High Performance Athlete Jesse Campbell with his rising stable star eight year old Diacello II.
The course starts with a series of cross-country fences, before moving onto a two-phase show jumping course. The aim of the game – jump round as fast as you can without touching a pole. The class saw its fair share of thrills and spills and it was the third rider, Germany’s Dorothee Schmid who set the standard with a time of 41.99.
Jesse and Kent Gardiner’s Diachello II, where drawn sixteenth to start. Egging on the engaged 7,500 crowd as he circled the arena waiting to start, it was great to see so much support from the audience.
The pair set off in a great rhythm and meant business. Diachello II stayed focused and onside taking on the cross-country elements. Jesse then took the very shortest route in the timed show-jumping phase, with his ride keeping his careful jumping technique and stopped the clock at 40.94. This resulted in long term leader Dorothee being knocked off the top spot.
The standard was now set, and the pressure applied to the final group of competitors. Five riders battled hard to try and steal the spot from Campbell, including GB rider Laura Collett.
With just two riders to go Jesse still held first place: “It’s an amazing feeling knowing that riders’ are going in to chase your time, but also nerve wracking to see if you can hold on to the lead. I wasn’t complacent though - Ros Canter and Ingrid Klimke were last to go – two of our sports athletes that you least want to go up against!”
Ros Canter and 10-year-old Las Vegas delivered a silky-smooth round knocking two seconds off Jesse’s leading time. Last to go was home rider Ingrid Klimke, who was pipped to the post at the World Equestrian Games earlier in the year by Canter. Not this time, Ingrid pulled out all the stops to take first place with 14-year-old Permenides in front of an ecstatic home crowd.
Jesse Campbell was delighted with his third place: “it was such a great experience for Diachello and hats off to Ingrid and Ros for delivering top class rounds. My horse gave his all and I am super proud of his performance. He is one I think a lot of and hope to use in a bid for a place with Team New Zealand at Tokyo 2020.”
Off the back of Wednesday’s performance, it looks as though Jesse and Diachello II are well on the way to future success and will be ones to watch for next season and beyond.