Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh Win the CSI 5* Longines Grand Prix in Los Angeles

5 October - Last weekend (October 1st to 4th) there was the second annual Longines Masters of Los Angeles CSI 5* event. During these 4 days of spectacular events, the riders could compete at the maximum level, as well as enjoying a lot of social events that celebrate the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle.

The main competition, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles gran prix was won by Marco Kutscher (GER) riding 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Van Gogh (Numero Uno x Bernstein). Last to go in the seven-horse jump-off, Kutscher and Van Gogh outran world No. 1 Scott Brash on Hello M’Lady and Kent Farrington on Voyeur to take the top check. Marco Kutscher was riding a quite inexperience horse, with which he has already won the Longines Global Champions Tour Valkenswaard Gran Prix.
“After my best horse, Cornet’s Cristallo, was injured he had to go on to the bigger classes, and he won the Grand Prix in Valkenswaard [the Netherlands] this year,” said Kutscher. “Since then he is jumping consistently on this level. I’m very happy to win this class today.”

On Saturday, the 2 bigger classes were won by Patricie Delaveau:
the Prix Emirates Int. jumping competition with jump-off (1.50 m) riding Lacrimoso 3 HDC and the GUCCI GOLD CUP Int. jumping competition with winning round (1.55 m) riding Carinjo HDC.

The Longines Masters series continues from Los Angeles to Paris in December before finishing the season in Hong Kong in February 2016.

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