World champ Turbo-charged

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Jos Lansink probably feels a little bit like the Lone Ranger without Silver or Roy Rogers without his trusty steed, Trigger.

Here he is, the reigning world champion, eyeing a boatload of cash this week, but he doesn't have his go-to horse, Cavalor Cumano, a grey stallion that carried him to the world title last week in Aachen, Germany.

Cumano is enjoying a well-deserved break after 10 intense rounds of world championship competition in Germany, where he had just four faults and those came in the first round, where Lansink sat in 40th place.

"Everybody's been looking forward to competing in the Masters, but for me, this year is maybe a little bit harder because I was looking forward to bringing Cumano, but then he jumped fantastic all week -- he made one mistake," said Lansink of the 11-year-old grey Holsteiner.

"So I didn't want him to make that big, long trip but I have two other horses and I'll be riding Turbo in the Grand Prix."

Many of the top-ranked riders in the world opted to skip the Masters this year, given it started just days after the world championships.

"I'm here but not with my best horse," said Lansink with a laugh.

While he's won team Olympic gold in 1992 and World Cup Final championship (1994), nothing he's done in the ring compares to his triumph at Aachen.

"To win is always nice but like any sport, you want to win big titles and when you win one, especially in Aachen, which is not so far from home, it was unbelievable,"said Lansink.

Interestingly, Lansink started the roll he's on back in 2004 at Spruce Meadows, when he captured the CN International, with Cumano, beating out the likes of Rodrigo Pessoa and Ludger Beerbaum in the process.

"The good feeling started two years ago here when I won the CN and I had my own stable," said Lansink, who was ranked 19th in the world at the time.

Lansink's been at it for 20 years and knows the ups and downs every show jumper goes through. He also knows how to get through those downs, when wins are few and far between as a rider tries to find that championship-calibre mount.

"It's very important that you have good people behind you," he said. "It's very difficult to buy a championship horse. I think it's always better to make them."

Lansink will also ride in tomorrow's BMO Nations' Cup.


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