Max Kühner captures Dutch Masters show jumping title

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Austria's Max Kühner, shown in this file photo, won the 2021 Dutch Masters event on Sunday in Den Bosch, Netherlands. (File/Getty Images - image credit)
Austria's Max Kühner, shown in this file photo, won the 2021 Dutch Masters event on Sunday in Den Bosch, Netherlands. (File/Getty Images - image credit)

Max Kühner captured the first major of the show jumping season on Sunday at the Dutch Masters in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

The Austrian show jumper claimed the first Rolex Grand Slam of 2021 aboard Elektric Blue P.

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Kühner and his 10-year-old gelding, set off at blistering pace, crossing the finish line over a second ahead of Germany's Christian Kukuk and his 11-year-old grey gelding, Checker 47, to etch his name atop the leaderboard.

"I bought Elektric Blue [Elektric Blue P] when he was a two-year-old," Kühner said following his victory. "He's always done everything very well, he was always a very good horse, and he never disappointed me. He has unbelievable possibilities, as jumping is quite easy for him."

The Dutch Masters is the first of four grand slam events held throughout the show jumping season. The next event is set to happen at Calgary's Spruce Meadows in September.

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