Washington D.C., USA – October 24, 2019 – The international show jumpers took center stage on Thursday, October 24, at the 61st annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) CSI 4*-W for their first two competitions of the week during Barn Night. Jos Verlooy (BEL) of Belgium rode Varoune to victory in the opening FEI-class of the week, the $50,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake CSI 4*-W.
Verlooy, who has competed at WIHS in years past and won the Puissance class in 2015, made a daring turn between fences 3 and 4 in the second round to slice seconds off his time. “In a jump-off you have to take a few risks, and the risk paid off for me tonight,” he said. The Belgian and the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Verdi x Cordalme) earned the victory with two clean performances, timed in 41.62 seconds in the winning round.
U.S. rider Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W (Chacco-Blue x Continue) were relegated to second place with no penalties and a final time of 41.75 seconds.
Irish rider Darragh Kenny (IRL) claimed third place with a 42.16-second winning-round effort on Classic Dream (Colestus x Inter Graditz).
Jos Verlooy (BEL) & Varoune during the awards ceremony
The $50,000 Welcome Stake CSI 4*-W was held as a “winning round” format, where the top 16 riders, regardless of how many faults they had in the afternoon’s first round, were invited back for the second round, which was held in the evening session. Verlooy came back for the second round as the 14th in the order and set the pace. For the victory, he accepted the Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy.
For full results, please click here.
Source: Press release from Jump Media for Washington International Horse Show
Photos: © Shawn McMillen Photography