Rotterdam, The Netherlands – June 23, 2022 – The 2022 edition of the CHIO Rotterdam began on Thursday and the opening FEI-level class was claimed by Hessel Hoekstra (NED) and Famariloma, winners of the Dura Vermeer Prize CSIO 5*.
Fifty-eight of the 79 starting combinations managed to ride a clear round in the 1.45 meter competition in two phases, which was thrilling right up until the last start. Halfway through the event, Hoekstra and his twelve-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare (Azteca VDL x Ahorn) set a razor sharp time of 26.98 seconds, taking the lead.
Jos Verlooy (BEL) and FTS Killossery Konfusion (SIEC Livello x Cruising) came ever so close with a time of 27,01 seconds, but had to settle for second place.
Jack Ansems (NED) and Fliere Fluiter (VDL Zirocco Blue x Animo) conquered the third place on the podium, going clear all the way to the wire registering a time of 27.63 seconds in the second section of the course..
Final Results – €7,900 Dura Vermeer Prize CSIO 5*
1) Hessel Hoekstra (NED) & Famariloma – 0 / 0 – 26.98
2) Jos Verlooy (BEL) & FTS Killossery Konfusion – 0 / 0 – 27.01
3) Jack Ansems (NED) & Fliere Fluiter – 27.63
Source: Press Release (edited) from CHIO Rotterdam
Photo: © CHIO Rotterdam / Nils Boeser