Villamoura, Portugal – January 28, 2021 – Mel Thijssen (NED) and Florida Balia BL rode towards victory in the €25,500 Jump-off Challenge CSI 3* on Friday during the first week of the VillaMoura Atlantic Tour at the VillaMoura Equestrian Centre.
Thijssen teamed up with the 2010 bay Dutch Warmblood mare (Bustique x Lux Z), topping 10 out of the original 32 other combinations in the 1.45m contest, clearing all the obstacles before crossing the finish line in 31.14 seconds in the tiebreaker.
Michael Pender (IRL) came close to notching his second major win of the week, this time riding HHS Fast Forward (Fortunus x Cavalier Royale) towards silver honors, powering his way across the timers in 31.52 seconds.
The Thijssen family managed to put two of their great equestrians on the podium as Mans Thijssen (NED) guided Charlie (Casall x Corofino I), registering a penalty-free jump-off effort in 32.32 seconds.
Final Results – €25,500 Jump-off Challenge CSI 3*
1) Mel Thijssen (NED) & Florida Balia NL – 0 / 0 – 31.14
2) Michael Pender (IRL) & HHS Fast Forward – 0 / 0 – 31.52
3) Mans Thijssen (NED) & Charlie – 0 / 0 – 32.32
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Photo: © VillaMoura Equestrian Centre