Aachen, Germany – September 15, 2021 – For the second day in a row Darragh Kenny (IRL) was victorious at the CHIO Aachnen. The Irishman couldn’t praise Volnay du Boisdeville enough, who is incredibly swift for his calibre, as they went into the lead shortly before the end of the 1.50m two-phase challenge, the €26,000 Prize of StädteRegion Aachen CSIO 5* in memory of District Administrator, Hermann-Josef Pütz.
Up until then, the French rider, Marc Dilasser (FRA) had been in first place with the also French-bred Chamann Has (Mylord Carthago*HN x Socrate de Chivre), after the pair had taken 32.35 seconds to cross the finish line.
However, Kenny and the 2009 bay Selle Français stallion (Winningmood x Jalisco B) were even faster, bieng clear while timed in 31.47 seconds.
Third place was claimed by American rider, Lillie Keenan (USA)n, with the Zangersheide stallion, Agana van het Gerendal Z (by Aganix du Seigneur). They galloped through the timers in a time of 32.86 seconds at the endo of the second section.
Volnay du Boisdeville actually belongs to one of Darragh Kenny’s pupils, Teddy Vlock (ISR). The stallion has already competed in Nations Cups and achieved placings in four-star Grand Prix with the rider from Israel. So, the Mylord Carthago son already has plenty of experience, but not with Darragh Kenny (IRL) yet. In fact, the latter explained that he hadn’t intended to win: “In the first phase, I just tried to get to know him. He felt really good so I thought, okay, then I’ll try riding fast.” It worked. Kenny’s bottom line: “It is fantastic winning here, I love it!”
Final Results – €26,000 Prize of StädteRegion Aachen in Memory of Landrat Hermann-Josef Pütz CSIO 5*
1) Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Volnay du Boisdeville – 0 / 0 – 31.47
2) Marc Dilasser (FRA) & Chamann Has – 0 / 0 – 32.25
3) Lillie Keenan (USA) & Agana van het Gerendal Z – 0 / 0 – 32.86
Source: Press Release from CHIO Aachen
Photo: © CHIO Aachen / Michael Strauch