Villamoura, Portugal – February 11, 2022 – Titoaun Schumacher (FRA) was off to the races and back in the winner’s circle again during the 2022 VillaMoura Atlantic Tour at the VillaMoura Equestrian Centre. The Frenchman teamed up with his faithful partner, Atome Z, claiming top honors in the feature class of the day, the €25,500 Speed Challenge CSI 3*.
Riding Haras des Brimbelle’s 2007 bay Zangersheide gelding (Amadeus Z*Brimbelles x Toulon), the Frenchman was supreme in the 1.45m challenge against 51 other combinations, of which other 10 advanced to the jump-off along with them. The duo cleared all the obstacles for the second time before accelerating across the finish line in 36.62 seconds in the tiebreaker.
Perhaps the most consistent rider at the circuit so far this season, Victor Bettendorf (LUX) secured another podium finish, this time aboard Atomic de La Roque (Kannan x Adelfos). The duo also registered two penalty-free performances, the second one in 37.67 seconds for silver honors.
The host nation was also represented on the podium as Antonio Matos de Almeida rode Calypso de Kamelia (Kannan*Gfe x Le Tot de Semilly) towards a third place finish, backed by a clean scorecard and a final time of 38.02 seconds.
Final Results – €25,500 Speed Challenge with Jump-Off CSI 3*
1) Titouan Schumacher (FRA) & Atome Z – 0 / 0 – 36.62
2) Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Atomic de La Roque – 0 / 0 – 37.67
3) António Matos Almeida (POR) & Calypso de Kamelia – 0 / 0 – 38.02
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