Windsor, England – May 13, 2022 – The top class international competition continued on day three of Royal Windsor Horse Show CSI 5*, with the world’s best show jumpers in action. The opening CSI 5* class of the day, the €25,500 Falcon Stakes, took the top 10 riders from the first round into a jump-off against the clock. It was left to third to go, Jos Verlooy (BEL) riding FTS Killossery Konfusion, to set the target with the first double clear in an impressive 39.64 seconds. The Belgian rider pulled off some impressive turns with the 11-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse gelding (SIEC Livello x Cruising) to put the pressure on those to follow.
David Will (GER) showed that the time could be beaten, however his four faults meant he was only able to finish fifth. Wilm Vermeir (BEL) gave it his best shot as last to go, however he was not able to catch his Belgian teammate, posting a time of 39.83 seconds with Linguine de La Pomme (Marius Claudius x Tinka’s Boy) to finish in second and make it a Belgian one-two.
Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Dynamix de Belheme (Snaike de Blondel x Cornet Obolensky) claimed third place, with Lorenzo de Luca on Don Vito ( Quaprice Bois Margot x Jus de Pomme) in fourth, the only other penalty-free performances in the second round, timed in 40.35 and 45.87 seconds respectively.
Speaking after the class Verlooy said: “It is fantastic to win here – it is such an amazing Show, probably one of the best in the world. FTS Killossery Konfusion was great today, he is a naturally fast horse and wants to leave the jumps up, so I feel very lucky to ride him. I am very excited for the Rolex Grand Prix tomorrow – I will ride Luciano van het Geinsteinde who was second in the Pearl Stakes CSI 5* the day before, so I am feeling very confident.”
Final Results – €25,500 Falcon Stakes CSI 5*
1) Jos Verlooy (BEL) & FTS Killossery Konfusion – 0 / 0 – 39.64
2) Wilm Vermeir (BEL) & Linguini de La Pomme – 0 / 0 – 39.83
3) Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Dynamix de Belheme – 0 / 0 – 40.35
Source: Press Release by Niki McEwen / Revolution World for Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photo: © Royal Windsor Horse Show