Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – May 08, 2021 – Sanne Thijssen (NED) and Genasis galloped to win the €25,400 Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday during the Spring Event at Tops International Arena. Nine combinations stayed clear in the first round of the 2* Grand Prix and qualified for the jump-off.
First to go was 25-year-old Norwegian Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen (NOR) with the 13-year-old Zangersheide mare Exit of Ice Z, who delivered a clear round in 36.78 seconds, setting the target time for the others. The following combinations, Sofie Svensson (Cerano), Wilm Vermeir (Joyride) and Peder Fredricson (H&M All In) did not manage to stay clear.
Dutch rider Sanne Thijssen (NED) with the big and mighty 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Echo van’t Spieveld x Montender 2) showed that it could go faster and improved Gulliksen’s time by 0.28 seconds, taking over the lead from the Norwegian.
The only one who could come close was Harrie Smolders (NED) with Escape Z who finished in third place with a time of 37.44 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Sanne Thijssen (NED)
Sanne was very happy with her victory, “It’s a great feeling, you want to be the best and when you succeed, it’s great.” The course of the jump-off offered some very short turns and that was quite a challenge for Genasis, “he is better on the straight line, but he did really well this time.” Sanne is also happy to be riding in the great grass arena of Tops International Arena again. “Riding on grass has something special and there are not many events on grass. It’s incredible to ride here.”
Final Results – €25,400 Grand Prix of Valkenswaard CSI 2*
1) Sanne Thijssen (NED) & Genasis – 0 / 0 – 36.50
2) Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen (NOR) & Exit of Ice Z – 0 / 0 – 36.78
3) Harrie Smolders (NED) & Escape Z – 0 / 0 – 37.44
Source: Press Release from TIA – Tops International Arena
Photo: © TIA – Tops International Arena