Four Gold for Hungary on the Last Day of The CSI 2* Budapest Jumping Competition
The last day of the CSI 2* Budapest Show Jumping Competition got underway with the final of the 115 cm VIP tour. During the three-day competition, the same three riders finished on the podium, but in a different order. In the final, Adél Benedek, who had already finished in second and third place, earned victory.
The young rider on Silva, participating in the Hungarian Talent Programme for young riders, rode seven hundredths of a second faster than Eszter Gorzó and Gréta Fésűs.
The fourth and sixth place went to Hanga Sára Bálint and Molnár Mercédesz, both coached by Béla Petrik Jnr. and Karolina Tóth from Timpex Riding Club took the fifth place.
The day went on with the final competition of the 125 cm Bronze Tour where fans could not witness any surprises, as the placed riders of the previous two days scored the quickest rides again. This was a Table C competition where speed often pays off more than precision, but the top finishers rode clear as well. The foreign competitors probably did not consider 13-year-old Rodrigo Szuhai as a potential rival, but the local public knew exactly how fast and reliable he could be.
He stood out from the adult field this time again and confidently captured the first place with a one second lead ahead Krisztián Búza on Erlina.
Patrik Zoltán Búza, who was twice placed in the Silver Tour, won a medal one category lower, the bronze on Janieta VDL.
Kristóf Szotyori Nagy on Horze Donald finished fourth in the strong field of 54 riders, followed by Zsanett Bandi on Quinador and Gábor Füzér on Cariona.
For the 135 cm Silver Tour 49 riders lined up. The fifth starter, Gábor Szabó Jnr., rode a fast clear round on Sanghata and immediately took the lead. During the competition several riders got close to the pair’s time, but in the end no one could beat it and he retained first place on Gábor Szombati’s horse.
Péter Szuhai scored the second best time on Tanja and thus earned the silver medal.
Roland Kovács, the last competitor up, also rode a speedy clear round on Astral C, pushing back Germany’s Jörne Sprehe into fourth place and Gyula Szuhai into fifth.
Balázs Horváth on PM Quintera from the Airvent Riding Club closed sixth.
The closing event of the day was the 135 cm competition for U25 riders. From a field of 26 rider and horse pairs eight rode clear in the first round designed by László Karádi. The first rider in the jump off Gyula Szuhai, Jnr. completed the course by far the fastest on his number one horse, Perthy Jackson. However, a rail in the last obstacle went down for 4 points and the combo finished fifth.
The last starter, Boglárka Bosits, who rode not only fast but also clear, won the contest beating Grand Prix placed Zoltán Lázár, Jnr. and Ivana Angelova from Bulgaria, who finished third this time.
Dominika Kiss on Spartacus finished fourth and Antal Fekete on Carola sixth.
Photo: CSIO Budapest / Krisztina Hajdu