Fontainebleau, France – April 22, 2022 – The Belgium flag stood higher than all others last at Le Grand Parquet last Friday as Constant van Paesschen (BEL) rode Diaz du Thot to victory in the €52,000 Laiterie de Montaigu Prize CSI 4*, the feature class of the day during the Printemps des Sports Equestres – Fontainebleau CSI 4*.
Fifty-two combinations entered the Carrière des Princes Arena for the 1.50m challenge but only thirteen of them advanced to the jump-off. In the end, it was a one-two for Belgium, with Constant leading the way aboard the 9-year-old bay Selle Français mare (Ready Boy des Forets*HN x Diams du Grasset), posting the fastest penalty-free performance in the decisive phase in 33.38 seconds.
Nine-tenths of a second separated the next combination from the winners as Gudrun Patteet (BEL) rode Sea Coast Monalisa Van’t Paradijs (Bamako de Muze x Emerald) across the finish line in 34.28 seconds.
Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) and Ballerine du Vilpion (Baloubet du Rouet x Quidam de Revel) gave the host nation something to cheer about, backed by a clean scorecard and a final time of 34.70 seconds.
Final Results – €52,000 Laiterie de Montaigu Prize CSI 4*
1) Constant van Paesschen (BEL) & Diaz du Thot – 0 / 0 – 33.38
2) Gudrun Patteet (BEL) & Sea Coast Monalisa Van’t Paradijs – 0 / 0 – 34.28
3) Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) & Ballerine du Vilpion – 0 / 0 – 34.70
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