Knokke-Heist, Belgium – July 11, 2021- Three incredible weeks are over here at Knokke Hippique 2021. The show that never ends, will be back in 2022 more spectacular than ever.The final day was filled with top sport and laughter. There was one more Grand Prix left during the 2021 edition of Knokke Hippique, the €25,600 Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by Henders & Hazel.
Out of the 69 riders who started, a total of 12 made it through to the jump off. Harry Charles (GBR) and Aralyn Blue were first to go. After a spectacular round the final fence sadly fell, giving them 4 faults on the scoreboard. That last fence ended up being quite a deciding one and rolling out of the cups for a few horse and rider combinations.
Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) riding Calinka de Boyer, showed everyone how it should be done, going clear and knocking 4 seconds off of the previous leader’s time. Could anyone go any faster though? Petronella Andersson (SWE) and Cassina Z were next in and they had paid close attention to Lorenzo’s tight turns.
The Stephex rider knew what she had to do and set off with pace, guiding her mare around the course. She cleared the second last and sped flat out in gallop across the arena to that precariously balanced final fence. Clear and 0.16s faster than her fellow Stephex team member!
With only one more rider to go Evelyne Putters (BEL) and her mare Eye of the Tiger, had their eyes on the prize. And what a round she rode, clearing fence after fence. Going to the last, her time looked like it could be faster than that of Petronella’s. Sadly, a slight touch on the final fence sent to pole crashing to the ground. A faster time, but 4 faults meant 8th place in the end for the pair.
Final Results – €25,600 Henders & Hazel Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Petronella Andersson (SWE) & Cassina Z – 0 / 0 – 36.45
2) Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Calinka de Boyer – 0 / 0 – 36.61
3) James Peeters (BEL) & Nadal Hero & DB – 0 / 0 – 37.79
Source: Press Release by Robyn Vey for Knokke Hippique / Stephex Events
Photos: © Sportfot