Windsor, England – May 15, 2022 – The feature CSI5* class of the day, the €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, saw the world’s best horse and rider combinations battle it out for the prestigious title. Bernardo Costa Cabral’s (POR) up-to-height 1.60m course proved challenging, with only three riders making it through to the jump-off. The likes of World No. 2 Martin Fuchs (SUI), World No. 3 Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and London International Horse Show Grand Prix winner, Harry Charles (GBR) , all accumulated four faults in the first round.
First to go in the jump-off, Belgian Gregory Wathelet (BEL), laid down the gauntlet with the tightest of turns to the Rolex double at the far end of the arena and flying down to the final fence to set the time to beat of 34.79 seconds aboard Nevados S (Calvados Z x Romualdo).
Max Kühner (AUT) was next to take up the challenge, and he set out meaning business with Elektric Blue P (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure), however he was not able to match Wathelet’s time, completing their second penalty-free performance in 36.09 seconds.
It was all left to Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Ladriano Z ( Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet), as the final remaining rider able to take over the lead. Bluman was able to get closer to Wathelet’s time, but in doing so accrued four penalty-points at the very last fence, leaving him in third with a final time of 35.23 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Gregory Wathelet (BEL)
“It is amazing to win a Grand Prix, especially a Rolex Grand Prix. I jumped in the Nations Cup at La Baule last week and the horse was jumping really well, so I was confident coming to Royal Windsor that he was on great form. It was a tough course which was very up to height, but I thought there would be more clears from the top combinations. Even though there weren’t many riders in the jump-off you still have to go fast and clear to win. The Show is incredible, the atmosphere and the crowds are amazing, all of the riders love coming here.”
Final Results – €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*
1) Gregory Wathelet (BEL) & Nevados S – 0 / 0 – 34.79
2) Max Kühner (BEL) & Elektric Blue P – 0 / 0 – 36.09
3) Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Ladriano Z – 0 / 0 – 35.23
Source: Press Release (edited) by Niki McEwen / Revolution World for the Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photos: © Royal Windsor Horse Show