Lanaken, Belgium – April 16, 2022 – After we were able to enjoy a lot of beautiful sport in the past few days during this closing week of our 2022 Zangersheide Z-Tour, on Saturday afternoon, it was time for the first Longines Ranking class of the weekend. Fifty-six combinations appeared at the start of this 1.50m main class, for which the French course designer Grégory Bodo and his team had once again set up a beautiful course. Thirteen of them managed to keep clear in the basic round and thus qualified for the jump-off. In that jump-off it was the Dutch rider Harrie Smolders (NED) who claimed the victory with Bingo du Parc.
As the penultimate starter, Smolders and the 2011 chestnut Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago x Diamant de Semilly) again managed to ensure a clear round and this in a time of 42.60 seconds.
The French rider Robinson Maupiler (FRA) followed in second place with the 12-year-old gelding Sir Charlie Chaplin (Chap 47 x Cantus). He had also managed to ensure a clear jump-off, but with a time of 43.28 seconds he was more than half a second slower than Smolders and Bino du Parc.
Third place was claimed by the Argentine rider Ezequiel Andres Ferro Menendez (ARG) with the 10-year-old mare Celli (Cellestial x Kolibri). He crossed the finish line in 44.24 seconds and thus also secured a podium place.
Final Results – €25,740 Longines Ranking Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 3*
1) Harrie Smolders (NED) & Bingo du Parc - 0 / 0 – 42.60
2) Robinson Maupiler (FRA) & Sir Charlie Chaplin – 0 / 0 – 43.28
3) Ezequiel A Ferro Menendez (ARG) & Celli – 0 / 0 – 44.24
Source: Press Release (edited) from Zangersheide
Photos: © Zangersheide / Sportfot