Šamorín, Slovakia – November 11, 2018 – Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski of Poland claimed the €92,100 Grand Prix CSI 4*, presented by Energochemica, on Sunday afternoon, November 11, in front of a packed house at the X-BIONIC® Indoor Master in Šamorín, Slovakia. Riding Mariola Dyrek’s 9-year-old Oldenburg mare, Chacclana, Skrzyczynski topped a 49-horse field on challenging, 1.60m tracks set by Italy’s Pier Francesco Bazzocchi. First to go in the order, Skrzyczynski became the first rider to qualify for the jump-off, with 18 competitors following him before a second clear round was had. Many pairs fell victim to multiple rails in the second half of Bazzocchi’s 13-obstacle course, with the triple combination and final line, which offered both four- and five-stride options, causing the greatest difficulty.
In total, seven riders mastered the course to compete in the second round, with Skrzyczynski once again returning at the top of the order. Finding two inside turns, the Polish rider and Chacclana stopped the clock at 38.23 seconds, setting a high bar for the remaining competitors to follow. Wilm Vermeir of Belgium and Max Kühner of Austria ultimately bested Skrzyczynski’s time, but knocked a rail apiece, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Last to go, two-time German Olympian Katharina Offel opted for a more conservative track with JK Horsetrucks Leasure Z, taking third place with 48.45 seconds. Belgium’s Dominique Hendrickx, who previously won the Energochemica Grand Prix CSI 4* during the X-BIONIC® Summer Tour in July, posted a close time of 38.38 seconds with Kannabis van de Bucxtale to finish runner-up.
Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski (POL) & Chacclana
Skrzyczynski, who competed in the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy and at FEI World Cup™ Finals in Göteborg in 2013 and 2016, has been paired with Chacclana since 2015, producing her up through the ranks himself. The 2018 season has been a breakout year for the pair, who finished third in the Longines Grand Prix of Sopot CSIO 5* in June, and third in the Grand Prix of Waregem CSI 5* in September.
Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski (POL) & Chacclana receing their prizes from Denis Monticolo
As many as 130 international athletes travelled to Šamorín to compete in 15 CSI 2* and CSI 4* classes, including four ranking classes, during the 2018 X-BIONIC® Indoor Master. The event took place at X-BIONIC® Sphere from November 9-11, 2018. For more information on the X-BIONIC® Indoor.
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Source: Press release from Denis Monticolo Events for X-Bionic Indoor Master / X-Bionic Equestor Sphere
Photos: © X-Bionic Equestor Sphere / Filippo Gabutti
Categories: CSI 4*