Preview: Eight out of the World’s Top Ten to Brussels Stephex Masters 2018

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The Brussels Stephex Masters 2018 kicks off next week, on Wednesday 29th of August running until Sunday 2nd of September and the world’s best riders will once again arrive for this 5th edition of the event.

Red carpet Roll-out for the Stars of Showjumping

The Brussels Stephex Masters will offer top sport, with the CSI 5* competitions as the main attraction as well as the CSI 3* Top Series, the CSI 2* Super Cup, the CSI 1* Prestige League and the Future Stars for 7- and 8-year-old horses on the program.

The red carpet will be rolled out for world no. one Harrie Smolders (NED), world no. two Peder Fredricson (SWE), world no. three Eric Lamaze (CAN), world number four Marcus Ehning (GER), world number six Daniel Deusser (GER), world number seven Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and world number ten Kent Farrington (USA).

Other notable guests include 2012 Olympic Champion and double World Cup Champion from 2015 and 2016 Steve Guerdat (SUI), World Cup Champion from 2011 Christian Ahlmann (GER), Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping title-holder Scott Brash (GBR) and living legend John Whitaker (GBR) whose merits could fill a history book.

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The entire Belgian team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon will be at the Brussels Stephex Masters: Niels Bruynseels, Pieter Devos, Nicola Philippaerts, Jos Verlooy and Gregory Wathelet.

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Niels Bruynseels (BEL) & Gancia de Muze

Expectations will be high for Bruynseels, who won the Brussels Stephex Masters’ Rolex Grand Prix in 2016 and 2017 as well as at Knokke Hippique this year.

With overall prize money totalling nearly $700,000 Euro there is a lot at stake for the riders in all the different leagues. Almost $500,000 Euro will be distributed in the CSI5* classes, 136,600 Euro in the Top Series and $44,200 Euro in the Super Cup.

There will be a total of ten world ranking competitions, five in the CSI5* classes, four in the Top Series and one in the Super Cup.

The leading riders of the CSI 5*, the Top Series and the Super Cup will all be awarded with a STX 2Horses Truck for one year while the best rider of the Prestige League will receive a STX Tack Box.

True to tradition, the entertainment at the Brussels Stephex Masters has not been left to coincidence.

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Entertainment during and after the competitions

On Thursday 30th, a coverband will be playing, while there will be a 90’s evening on Friday 31st and a surprise DJ on Saturday 1st.

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Culinary experiences catered according to your taste

The Brussels Stephex Masters will as always unveil a world of food possibilities to delight in. The lifestyle village offers, next to all kind of other interesting shops to stroll around, a myriad of choices and options when it comes to culinary experiences.

For more information, access Stephex Masters

Source: Press Release by Stephex Masters

Photos: © Stephex Masters