Vilamoura, Portugal – February 06, 2022 – Mel Thijssen (NED) and Cartolana 2 mastered the course and the competition to be crowned number one in the €51,300 Grand Prix of VillaMoura CSI 3* this Sunday during the second week of the VillaMoura Atlantic Tour at the VillaMoura Equestrian Centre.
Riding Stal Thijssen’s 2010 dark Oldenburg mare (Catapult 7 x Lando), Thijssen topped the 1.50m challenge in the jump-off, clearing all the obstacles while registering the fastest time in 40.63 seconds.
After claiming the win in the €25,000 Speed Challenge CSI 3* on Thursday, Victor Bettendorf (LUX) and Astuce de La Roque (Kannan x Quick Star) came close to scoring their second major win of the week, this time finishing second only due to their final time of 40.71 seconds.
Jack Whitaker (GBR) and Valmy de La Lande (Mylord Carthago*HN x Starter) also posted two penalty-three performances, rounding out the top three in 42.99 seconds.
Final Results – €51,300 Grand Prix of VillaMoura CSI 3*
1) Mel Thijssen (NED) & Cartolana 2 – 0 / 0 – 40.63
2) Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Astuce de La Roque – 0 / 0 – 40.71
3) Jack Whitaker (GBR) & Valmy de La Lande – 0 / 0 – 42.99
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Photos: © VillaMoura Equestrian Centre