Poznań, Poland – June 16, 2022 – The winner of the biggest class of the first day of the 2022 edition of the 4Foulee – CHI Poznań was Ireland’s Alexander Butler (IRL) with Eindhoven G.H.. The Longines Rankings competition, for the Equestrian Wielkopolska Prize CSI 4* and the prizes of the Patron of the event – Mr. Roman Roszkiewicz, saw 52 riders on the starting list.
Fourteen of them managed to go clear over the course with obstacles set at 145 centimeters, and ultimately the win belonged to Ireland’s Alexander Butler (IRL) riding 13-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vaillant x VDL Sheraton) after registering a clean scorecard and a time of 68.11 seconds.
“Today’s course was good. When I walked it, I thought it was well up to height, and quite a long one, with 13 jumps. The ground was fantastic, all the horses were jumping it very easy in the end. My plan was to try and win, he’s a very competitive horse, and those classes are very much in his reach. I’ve seen the top three before me and I knew that the pressure was on and I had to take some risks, but the horse jumped very well and he answered every question I gave him” – said the winner – “[Eindhoven G.H.] is a very easy horse, I’ve had him since the beginning of the year and that’s our first win, he’s been placed in many classes, but I’ve always said he’s well able to win those, so I’m glad to get that under his belt now and I think he can win lots of such classes for the rest of the year.”
Asked about coming back to 4Foulee after a six-year break he said: “When I was here six years ago, I said back then I’d definitely come back again. The arena is fantastic, and I think if you have horses going on to any big grass ring shows then it’s a great place to come. It was always the plan to get back as soon as possible, now I’m back and I’m delighted I came!”
Polish athlete Marek Lewicki (POL) and La Pezi (Böckmann’s Lord Pezi x Baloubet du Rouet) also left all the poles up for no penalties, earning reserve honors in 69.79 seconds.
Third place was claimed by Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) aboard Julius D. (Arezzo VDL x Gelha’s VDL Emilion), doing so in 70.79 seconds.
Final Results – PLN $103,600 Equestrian Wielkopolska Prize CSI 4*
1) Alexander Butler (IRL) & Eindhoven G.H. – 0 – 68.11
2) Marek Lewicki (POL) & La Pezi – 0 – 69.79
3) Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) & Julius D. – 0 – 70.79
Source: Press Release (edited) from 4Foulee – CHI Poznań
Photos: © Asia Bręklewicz / Kamila Tworkowska for 4Foulee