‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands – April 23, 2021 – The first competition of The Dutch Masters 2021, the Roelofsen Horsetrucks Prijs, a two-stage special, was won by Belgian Gregory Wathelet (BEL). The 40-year-old, who won the ‘major’ at CHIO Aachen in 2017, saddled the 10-year-old SBS stallion Faut-Il des 7 Vallons for this class.
“Jérôme Guery was leading for a long time and everyone thought he was unbeatable. But….. that is always possible! I had a fast lap in mind, made a short turn to the last line and that proved fast enough to beat Jérôme’s time.” Wathelet, like many others, is happy to start again at this level. “Great what the organisation has done and I am extremely happy to be here.”
Second place also went to a Belgian rider, Jérôme Guery (BEL), who rode a clear round with the 13-year-old gelding Tango (BWP) but needed just 0.10 seconds more to cross the finishing line. Johnny Pals (NED) finished in third place for the Netherlands with Excentriek (KWPN, 2009).
Final Results – Roelofsen Horsetrucks Prize CSI 5*
1) Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Faut-Il des 7 Vallons – 0 / 0 – 25.37
2) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Tango – 0 / 0 – 25.47
3) Johnny Pals (NED) & Excentriek – 0 / 0 – 25.51
Source: Press Release from The Dutch Master / Rolex Grand Slam
Photo: © The Dutch Masters