Meise, Belgium – August 29, 2019 – Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) made it a popular home win in Thursday’s €50,200 Bang & Olufsen Prize CSI 5* during the Brussels Stephex Masters CSI 5*/3*/2* at Stephex Stables in Meise, Belgium.
Coming off a strong summer season, Hendrickx rode the 10-year-old Selle Français gelding, Vintadge de La Roque (Kannan x Galoubet A) to yet another victory. Coming in as fifth to go, Hendrickx delivered a strong performance in the 1.50m speed challenge, stopping the timers at 63.02 seconds, a time none of the other 42 riders could catch.
“Normally he wins a class at every show,” Henrickx smiled – referring to Vintadge de La Roque’s winning streak throughout the summer.
“I know I have a really fast horse, he is quick from the ground,” Hendrickx commented after his win. “I had a really good distance from fence one to two, I lost a little time for the combination but all the rest was smooth and it went according to plan. The last fence you still had to jump though, it was a big fence and it was also a difficult turn to it – but we managed to get the first distance there,” he explained about his round.
Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) during the awards ceremony
“I’m super motivated! It’s one of the nicest shows in Belgium, and Stephan does a lot for the sport – which we appreciate! It’s not always easy to get into these shows, and that is why I am so motivated to make the best out of it,” Hendrickx said.
Hendrickx left world-class riders behind him: Scott Brash (GBR) finished in second place with Hello Shelby (Stolzenberg x For Pleasure), 0.09 seconds off the winning time, while Harrie Smolders (NED) rode Cas 2 (Indoctro x Numero Uno) to third place backed by a clean performance and a time of 63.96 seconds.
Source: News release from Brussels Stephex Masters
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