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Virginie Thonon & High Tech Vy de Septon Cruise To Victory in €61,800 Grand Prix Majesty The King Mohammed VI CSI 3*-W

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The crowd of the Salon du Cheval d’El Jadida witnessed great sport yesterday afternoon for the ultimate day of the Morocco Royal Tour’s eighth edition. After a three weeks marathon of competition, the fatigue was felt and made the victories even better. Final point of a new successful edition, the scenario proves that the circuit has become one of the must-come for the international riders.

CSI3*-W Grand Prix of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI: consistency pays off for Belgium Virginie Thonon

Virginie Thonon (BEL) & High Tech Vy de Septon won the €61,800 Grand Prix Majesty The King Mohammed VI last Sunday during the Morocco Royal Tour CSI 3*-W at the Salon du Cheval d’El Jadida in El Jadida, Morocco. The Belgian and the 10-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood (Del Piero P&B x Chellano Z) clinched an important victory in the 1.60m contest over two rounds by being the only ones to post a double clear, crossing the finish line in 40.73 seconds during the jump-off.
At the end of the walking-course, riders were quite skeptical on the strides required in the lines of the first round. Uliano Vezzani had designed a course he has the secret of, appearing smooth but revealing technical and challenging as you progress in the class. Two lines of double, closed to the public, were too much for many riders, and if twelve of them were lucky to jump the second round, only six had managed to score clear.

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Virginie Thonon & High Tech Vy de Septon

The list for the second round announced the battle. Pius Schwizer, Alain Jufer, Nicolas Deseuzes, Karim Elzoghby, Nadja Peter-Steiner or even Simon Delestre among others, the competition was hard. However, all stroke a pole down, playing with speed and surprising angles, except for Belgium Virginie Thonon. Unique double clear of the Grand Prix, with a round she judged not fast enough, she showed a shy pride when all her clan jumped in joy and congratulate her for the victory. After three weeks approaching the podiums, this was a good reward for the young couple she forms with High Tech Vy de Septon: “I was a bit unlucky during the three weeks of the circuit. I always scored a silly four points with this horse unfortunately. It’s quite unlikely that I’m the only double clear today! Besides, it’s my first win in a 3* Grand Prix, just like it’s his. It’s funny but I’m very happy!


Virginie Thonon & High Tech Vy de Septon

Pius Schwizer (SUI) & Balou Rubin R ( Balou du Rouet x Coleur Rubin) had one pole down in the second round but were still able to secure the victory backed by their time of 38.95 seconds. Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) & Argelith Squid (Salito x Gibraltar) claimed bronze honors with a total of four penalty-points and a time of 39.59 seconds in round 2.

Virginie Thonon beat Pius Schwizer, unlucky with Balou Rubin R, although he leaves Morocco with the honors and great victories added to his palmares, just like Bassem Mohammed and Simon Delestre, third and four of the Grand Prix.

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Source: Edited Press Release by Diane Prouhet for Agence R B Presse

Photo: © MRT / Jessica Rodrigues