Rotterdam, The Netherlands – June 24, 2022 – A unique result in the €27,000 CHIO Rotterdam Prize CSIO 5*. Friday’s second showjumping competition had not one, but two winners, who were also from the same country. In the jump-off, German riders Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) and Katrin Eckermann (GER) stayed in the clear in the exact same time, staying ahead of Belgium’s Jos Verlooy (BEL).
Fourteen of the 32 combinations who entered the arena managed to produce a clear first round in this 1,50-meter competition. A thrilling jump-off saw Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) remain faultless once again, and with 13-year-old chestnut Selle Français gelding Vestmalle des Cotis (Baloubet du Rouet x Landor S) he set a very sharp time, 34.67 seconds.
Katrin Eckermann (GER) and Cascadello Boy RM (Cascadello x Balou du Rouet) however matched his achievement with the exact same time. The combinations who entered the Rotterdam Arena after that could not top their performance, granting Dreher and Eckermann a shared victory. Side by side, the compatriots rode their lap of honour during the prize giving ceremony.
With a clear round and a time of 34.86 seconds, Jos Verlooy (BEL) and FTS Killossery Konfusion (SIEC Livello x Cruising) finished in third place, One step lower on the podium than yesterday, when the combination was second in the Dura Vermeer Prize.
The home audience had already enjoyed three victories for Dutch riders in showjumping competitions. The best Dutch rider in the CHIO Rotterdam Prize, Harrie Smolders (NED)rode a fault-free round aboard Escape Z in the jump-off but his time of 35.41 put him just outside of the podium in fourth place.
Final Results – €27,000 CHIO Rotterdam Prize CSIO 5*
1) Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) & Vestmalle des Cotis – 0 / 0 – 34.67
1) Katrin Eckermann (GER) & Cascadello Boy RM – 0 / 0 – 34.67
3) Jos Verlooy (BEL) & FTS Killossery Konfusion – 0 / 0 – 34.86
Source: Press Release (edited) from CHIO Rotterdam
Photo: © CHIO Rotterdam / Nils Boeser