Jumping Indoor Maastricht 2023

This year Jumping Indoor Maastricht will be organised from聽10 till聽13 November. JIM offers top sport with, among others, the FEI Driving World Cup and the Grand Prix of Maastricht combined with the Limburg hospitality. An event for the whole family!

Switzerland鈥檚 J茅r么me Voutaz has won the inaugural FEI World Cup鈩 Driving Leg in Lyon this evening. Voutaz drove a magnificent round with his Freiberger horses and stayed ahead of Dutch drivers Koos de Ronde and Bram Chardon.

The top three drivers started from zero again in the Winning Round, which took place over the same course, designed by Level 4 Course Designer Jeroen Houterman. The Dutchman had laid out a nice, long course for the seven drivers in the big arena in the Eurexpo.

Voutaz had one knockdown in the first round and was the first man in the arena for the winning round: 鈥淚 never expected to win. I made several mistakes on the first day and also today in the first round. It was an advantage to go in first, I did not have the pressure.鈥 Voutaz drove a very fast and clear round and put the pressure on Bram Chardon. Chardon had some time loss in the first round when he missed one of his reins and was unable to equal his winning time on the first day. Bram had a fault at the second cone after which he took too much risk: 鈥淚t was my own mistake, very stupid. After I had the knockdown I went for all or nothing. That was a bit of a gamble, but at that moment I wanted to win. It was not so clever to take so much risk at the start of the season. But with yesterday in the back of my mind I know that this team of horses is very good. I just have to keep them together and I am convinced that I can win with these horses.鈥

Last starter Koos de Ronde was well underway and set the fastest time, but had two knockdowns and had to be content with the second place: 鈥淚 fought for it and so did J茅r么me. I really enjoyed to be in Lyon and I hope they will continue hosting the FEI World Cup Driving and I am very happy with my new team.鈥

The next qualifier will be held in Stuttgart, Germany (14-18 november) and then the drivers will travel to Maastricht.

Source: / Photo: Krisztina Horvath