First international show jumping class for the weekend ended with Finnish celebration when both Sanna Backlund and Miisa Pulkkanen placed in the top four. Backlund and Zorro H did an amazing round and took the win in the International Helsinki Welcome 140cm presented by Stopteltat with a clear difference to the second placed Michael Cristofoletti and Sig Debalia from Italy.

Beforehand I thought that I wouldn’t try to be quite this fast because I’m riding again later today but I managed to do that one turn really well and the horse was also great. Many international riders take this class as a practise so my time was good enough, commented Backlund on her performance.

Sanna Backlund and Zorro H. Picture Satu Pirinen.

Third place went to Aldrick Cheronnet on Atlantys by Wisbecq (e.T). Miisa Pulkkanen and Dolanda completed the Finnish success placing fourth.

Michael Cristofoletti and Sig Debalia. Photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen.

International Welcome presented by Stopteltat 140 cm, competition in two phases. Started 43, Placings 12.
1) Sanna Backlund/Zorro H, FIN 0-0/3,92, 2) Michael Cristofoletti/Sig Debalia, IT 0-0/34,44, 3) Aldrick Cheronnet/Atlantys by Wisbecq (e.T), FRA 0-0/34,69, 4) Miisa Pulkkanen/Dolanda, FIN 0-0 /36,25, 5) Angelique Rüsen/Zaza Z, GER 0-0/36,96, 6) Michael Whitaker/El Wee Widge, GB 0-0/37,66, 7) Max Kühner/PSG Future, AUT 0-0/39,85, 8) Marina Ehrnrooth/Evli Ellington, FIN 0-1/40,10, 9) Hans-Dieter Dreher/Embassy II, GER 0-1/41,18, 10) Stephanie Holmén/Broken Heart, SWE 0-1/41,89, 11) Francois Jr Mathy/Casanova de l’ Herse, BEL 0-1/41,95, 12) Geir Gulliksen/Exit of Ice Z, NOR 0-1/42,28,…20) Anna-Julia Kontio/Ornellaia, FIN 0-3/48,99,…26) Susanna Granroth/Baccara, FIN 0-4/36,52,…28) Eveliina Talvio/Chelsea, FIN 0-5/40,04,…41) Emma Tallberg/Dobbelt Quidam, FIN 0-4/40,94,