The Hamburg Derby makes ordinary Grand Prix classes look like an afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese. Check out this year’s winning round.
Have you ever heard of the Hamburg Derby? HOLY SHOW JUMPING. A spring tradition in Hamburg, Germany, for over eight decades, the best show jumping riders in the world flock here to attempt to tackle the course.
I say “attempt” because this course is HUGE. The jumping efforts include airy un-winged verticals, monster oxers, solid walls, cross-country inspired obstacles and, of course, a nearly vertical bank that horses must slide down then jump a planked fence immediately after.
The prestigious and notoriously difficult Derby took place this year in early June. Nisse Lüneburg posted one of only two clear rounds in the class out of 32, with only 18 riders even making it around the course. Watch her ride here, and remember to breath!
While this next video is also in German, it shows some fantastic historic video footage from past Hamburg Derbies. Can you pick out the clips of show jumping greats Hans-Günter Winkler, Frtiz Thiedemann, Nelson Pessoa and Marion Coakes?
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