Geneve, Switzerland – December 11, 2021 – Although she is only 23 years old, Dutch rider Sanne Thijssen (NED) put the big names in equestrian sport in their place by setting a fabulous time in the main competition of the day last Saturday. Four seconds difference! Often in show jumping, winning is a matter of hundredths of a second. But Sanne Thijssen’s big lead over her pursuers is remarkable. The young Dutch rider set an impressive pace, made tight turns and let her phenomenal stallion Con Quidam RB (Quinar Z x Cardino) gallop through the course and lines at top speed. The 23-year-old daughter of the internationally successful Leon Thijssen (NED) had already won the Grand Prix of Rotterdam in the summer and caused a sensation. Last Saturday, she showed again that she will be a force to be reckoned with in the future, claiming top honors in the $80,000 Credit Suisse Challenge CSI 5*.
She won ahead of the Swiss Martin Fuchs (SUI) on Conner Jei (Connor 48 x Cosimo) and the Belgian Grégory Wathelet (BEL) on Faut-Il des 7 Vallons (Comme Il Faut 5 x Double Espoir). Elian Baumann (SUI) the second Swiss rider in the top 10, finished eighth with Little Lumpi E.
Final Results – $80,000 Credit Suisse Challenge CSI 5*
1) Sanne Thijssen (NED) & Con Quidam RB – 0 / 0 –
2) Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Conner Jei – 0 / 0 – 68.81
3) Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Faut-Il des 7 Vallons – 0 / 0 – 69.00
Source: News release from the CHI de Genève
Photo: © CHI de Genève