Ireland’s Jessica Kürten celebrated her first major Grand Prix win in over a year with a €24,750 cheque at the four-star ‘Jumping Amsterdam’ show on Sunday afternoon.
The Antrim-born rider, aboard Stal Poels and James Paterson Robinson’s ten year-old gelding Vincente, saw off fierce competition in the nine-horse jump-off and, at the final bell, was three hundredths of a second faster than her closest challenger, Dutch World Equestrian Games gold medallist Gerco Schroder and the grey mare Eurocommerce California.
Afterwards Kurten said: “Vincente has been improving in recent months and he just gets better and better. It was a very fast jump-off and I decided to take more of a risk at the second last jump than the other riders, and it paid off. I’m really delighted.”
Forty five riders competed in the Rolex World Ranking class.
Kurten’s last senior Grand Prix win before Amsterdam was in December 2010 at Mechelen, Belgium in the World Cup class, riding Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois.
The Antrim woman recently moved her horses to Edouard de Rothschild’s yard near Paris having last year fallen out with owner Georgina Forbes, so this is a good start to the year for Jessica.
She has twice represented Ireland at the Olympic Games, in 1996 at Atlanta on Diamond’s Exchange when she finished 26th in the individual event and team 8th and in 2004 Athens on Castle Forbes Maike finishing 18th .