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Kurten Takes Seventh At Zurich On New Mount

AFTER some weeks of waiting, Jessica Kurten finally took a Top ten place with her newly-acquired horse, <Castle Forbes Maike>, the ten yr-old Dutch-bred mare formerly ridden by Belgium's Philippe LeJeune.

Purchased by Lady Georgina Forbes, the mare has not featured well in any class in the short time since Kurten took over as rider, a phenomenon usually associated with horse and rider getting to know one another. But today (Saturday) in the major Swiss Life event at Zurich, the bay mare finally started to show her moves, taking a very respectable seventh in a huge Accumulator class of 55 riders.

However, pundits will be watching closely to see how Maike performs in a major jump-off class.

Ireland's other rider at Zurich was not so fortunate in today's competition. World Champion Dermott Lennon finished in last place with just 14 points, riding a new horse, <Leadman>, though it is more than likely the Co. Down rider was using the competition as a schooling class. However, he also rode one of his established string, <I Caesar>, in the Accumulator, and only managed a disappointing 50th place.


Preis der South African Airways
International Jumping Competition
Accumulator Table A, without Joker
FEI Art. 269.1,2343 + 238.3
Saturday, January 31st 2004

1) VDL GROEP ROLEX; Steve GUERDAT (SUI) Points 36.00 Time 38.87
2) QUALITE; Robert WHITAKER (GBR) Points 36.00 Time 38.89
3) COOLMAN V; Pius SCHWIZER (SUI) Points 36.00 Time 39.11

7) CASTLE FORBES MAIKE; Jessica KURTEN (IRL) Points 36.00 Time 40.97

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