Kronenberg, The Netherlands – August 02, 2020 – Christian Kukuk (GER) and Chianti’s Champion claimed the win in the €26,300 Van Mossel Automotive Group Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday afternoon during the second week of the CSI de Peelbergen’s Summer Tour at the Equestrian Centre de Peelbergen.
Riding the 12-year-old bay Westphalian stallion (Champion du Lys x Cornet Obolensky) the German rider was double clear in the 1.45m challenge, securing first place after a penalty-free performance in 38 seconds flat. Beside the lion’s share of the purse, Kukuk also stamped his entry for the Van Mossel Super Grand Prix and thus the chance of driving an Audi Avant A4 for a year.
Second place was claimed by Charlie Jones (GBR) and Dexter, timed in 38.45 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Sophie Hinners (GER) and Vittorio 8 (Valentino Ddh x Ramiro’s Bube) completed the podium, backed by a clean scorecard too, breaking the beam of the jump-off timers in 39.01 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Christian Kukuk (GER)
′′That last oxer was far away, wasn’t it?”, says the winner with a smile. Christian Kukuk and Chianti’s Champion have not been together for long, but the click between the two is obvious. ′′This horse has more experience than me in all my years put together. Riding him is amazing. I would never have taken the risk of the long distance towards the last jump, if I hadn’t had faith in it. For a first jump-off together this is not a bad result”, the rider for Ludger Beerbaum Stables concludes.
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Photos: © Equestrian Centre de Peelbergen / Eva van den Adel