Quarteira, Faro, Portugal – October 07, 2021 – David Will (GER) with Babalou HD were the stars of the day during the first day of the opening week of the 2021 Vilamoura Champions Tour at the Vilamoura Equestrian Centre. The duo were the winners of the €25,400 Jump-off Challenge CSI 3* at the Francisco Moura Arena.
The skilled and speedy German rider lived up to his reputation again, guiding the 2012 bay Westphalian gelding (Balous Bellini x Newcastle) flawlessly again in the jump-off before blazing across the finish line in 33.63 seconds for the victory.
Having previously won at the venue several time, Laura Renwick (GBR) and Arkuga (Arko III x Heartbreaker) came close to another victory, matching the double clear of the eventual winners but finishing second due to their time of 34.04 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Michael Pender (IRL) and HHS Catwalk (Cit Cat x Clover Echo) did not go home empty handed, rounding out the top thre with no penalties and a final time of 34.86 seconds.
Final Results – €25,400 Jump-off Challenge CSI 3*
1) David Will (GER) & Babalou HD – 0 / 0 – 33.63
2) Laura Renwick (GBR) & Arkuga – 0 / 0 – 34.04
3) Michael Pender (IRL) and HHS Catwalk – 0 / 0 – 34.86
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Photo: © Vilamoura Equestrian Centre