Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – July 18, 2021 – Course designer Uliano Vezzani (ITA) had built a tough but fair course in the beautiful grass arena at Tops International Arena for the CSI2* Grand Prix. The fastest in the jump-off was Bassam Hassan Mohammed (QAT) with the 14-year-old gelding Caletto Cabana (San Patrignano Cassini x Capecanaveral). They stayed clear in 38.28 seconds.
“Great feeling, it’s been a while since I won. I am very happy with my jump-off ride, for myself and for my horse. It’s great here, one of the best venues in the world. The organisation of Tops International Arena and the Global Champions Tour do a great job and the fact that I won here makes it even more special.”
The course was good he thought “Uliano had built as he always does, a good course with the necessary challenges. There were some casualties here and there and only six combinations stayed clear.” The 34-year-old knew what he had to do in the jump-off. “I had to enter the arena second and knew that I had to put the necessary pressure on the riders who came after me and so I did.”
Germany’s Laura Klaphake (GER) was the only one who also managed to stay clear in the jump-off with Camalita (2009, Cracker Jack 5 x Quinar) in a time of 38.52 and that was enough for second place. Dutchman Gerco Schröder (NED) had four faults with Glock’s Lausejunge (2007, Ludwigs As x Cornet Obolensky) and finished in third place.
Final Results – €26,200 Jump-off Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) & Caletto Cabana – 0 / 0 – 38.28
2) Laura Klaphake (GER) & Camalita – 0 / 0 – 38.52
3) Gerco Schröder (NED) & Glock’s Lausejunge – 0 / 0 – 41.44
Source: Press Release from TIA – Tops International Arena
Photo: © TIA