It was Great Britain’s Scott Brash and the 9-year-old gelding Hello Shelby (Stolzenberg x For Pleasure) that went off with the victory in Thursday’s €24,700 Grand Prix CSI 5*qualifier presented by Carlsberg at the Brussels Stephex Masters 2018.
Earlier in the day, Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) had opened the five-star competitions with a win and it looked like he would repeat himself in this 1.50m class counting for the world ranking. The world’s best riders came and went, but no one could catch Van der Vleuten’s time of 68.13 seconds aboard Dana Blue (Mr. Blue x Hemmingway).
That was until Scott Brash entered the floodlit ring thirteen horse-and-rider combinations later, riding an efficient yet beautiful round aboard Hello Shelby to take over the lead in 65.25 seconds.
“I just tried to go as quick as I could, and he jumped great today,” the former world no. one said. “I have had a mixed year with him, some good rounds and some bad rounds – which is kind of what you expect of a 9-year-old. But, now I am happy to be back on track and have a good round today.”
“It is a few years since I last was here, and I see a lot of improvement. It is a beautiful show, I think Stephan and his team have done a fantastic job and then with sponsors like Rolex coming in it has really made it one of the top shows to come to. There is something for everyone here with the three-, two- and one-star as well as the young horses in addition to the five-star, which is great,” the British rider said.
Laura Kraut (USA) and Zeremonie (Cero x Quick Star) – who are ready for the US team going the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon next month – followed Brash, and gave it a good go when pushing into runner-up position ahead of Van der Vleuten with their time of 66.39 seconds.
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Source: Press release by Brussels Stephex Masters
Photo: © Brussels Stephex Masters / Scoopdyga by Pierre Costabadie
Categories: CSI 5*