The CHI de Genève 5* came to a close this afternoon in Switzerland and the curtain call couldn’t have been more exciting. Forty of the world’s best combinations faced a forward but very challenging course in the first round of the $1,200,000 Rolex Grand Prix, the third jewel of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.
The main class of the event featured a total of 17 obstacles set at the maximum height of 1.60 meters, including 1 triple, two double combinations and a total of 9 oxers. The last obstacles were a double composed of two verticals with a liverpool each underneath them, causing many victims.
Defending champions Pedro Veniss (BRA) & Quabri de L’Isle showed their brilliance once again, being the first ones to leave all the poles up, even at the expense of one time-penalty.
However, several of the highest-ranked riders in the world would still have to face the challenging course, including European Olympic and World Champions.
World number one Kent Farrington (USA) & Gazelle were among the five finalists that had qualified for the jump-off. The American was brilliant once again, guiding the 11-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) to victory backed by their second fault-free performance in 44.96 seconds.
Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE) & Mary Lou 194 (Montendro x Portland L) had set the fastest clear earlier on, eventually finishing second in 45.49 seconds.
After their win in Aachen, Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Coree (Cornet Obolensky & Liberty Life) had another great outing, finishing third with no penalties and a time of 45.69 during the tiebreaker.
Photo: © Rolex Grand Slam / Kit Houghton
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