Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and MJT Nevado S claimed top honors in the €100,000 1.55m BMW Prize CSI 5* during the Waregem Horse Week CSI 5* in Waregem, Belgium. Thirteen combinations advanced to the second round but only twelve managed to complete it.
The first rider to face the challenging course in the decisive phase was Italy’s Alberto Zorzi aboard Danique (Zento x Hamlet) but unfortunately the pair had one rail down. Belgium’s Christophe Vanderhasselt was the first to complete the second round faultless in the saddle of his Belgian Warmblood mare, Identity Vitseroel (Air Jordan Z x Darco).
Vanderhasselt stopped the clock in 56.28 seconds, setting the mark to be beaten. Scott Brash (GBR) immediately went faster with his 9-year-old Stolzenberg-son, Hello Shelby (Sotlzenberg x For Pleasure). Brash crossed the finish in 54.99 seconds. Jessica Springsteen crossed the finish in 53.82 seconds with RMF Swinny du Parc (Caspar x Laudanum), taking over the lead.
It seemed like Springsteen would speed away with the victory but eventually Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet (BEL) overcame her by being over two seconds faster. Wathelet made a short turn towards the Waregem Horse Week vertical and saved a second after the double combination with MJT Nevados (Calvados Z x Romualdo kwpn), crossing the finish in 51.79 seconds for the victory. Kent Farrington (USA) and Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) gave Wathelet a run for his money, eventually finishing second with a clear run in 52.87 seconds.
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Source: News release by Equnews via Waregem Horse Week
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Categories: CSI 5*