Lanaken, Belgium – April 10, 2022 – The Grand Prix CSI 3* this afternoon may be the absolute highlight of this final day of week two, but there were also two other Grand Prix’s on the program. And we didn’t have to wait long for that this morning, because the 1.45m Grand Prix for the CSIU 25 competition started at the Ratina Z Arena at the stroke of 9:00 am. Again a difficult task as it turned out, because of the twenty-three participants who appeared at the start, only two managed to qualify for the jump-off.
One of those two was the Belgian rider Gilles Thomas (BEL), who also won the 1.45m class of the CSI3* competition yesterday. This time Thomas was in the saddle of the 10-year-old stallion Feromas Van Beek Z (Fantomas de Muze x Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve) and finally managed to secure the victory after he was the only one who was also clear in the jump-off and this after a finish time of 44.45 seconds.
The other combination that qualified for the jump-off was the Swiss lady rider Morgane Dassio (SUI) with the 9-year-old mare Dyrka du Carry (Siryus de Bavoz x Ruyblas). She managed to do it a little slower than Thomas in 47.04 seconds but also saw 2 poles fall out of the cups. Third place in this Grand Prix went to the Danish lady rider Philippa Wildfang Linde (DEN) with the 12-year-old mare Fafira (VDL Groep Zagreb x VDL Sheraton). She was the fastest of the combinations that collected 4 penalty points in the basic round.
Final Results – Lanaken Grand Prix CSIU-25
1) Gilles Thomas (BEL) & Feromas Van Beek Z – 0 / 0 – 44.45
2) Morgane Dassio (SUI) & Dyrka du Carry – 0 / 8 – 47.04
3) Philippa Wildfang Linde (DEN) & Fafira W – 4 / 71.48
Source: Press Release from Zangersheide
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