Angelos Touloupis & Lord Mexx Rule in €52,000 Grand Prix CSIO 3* at Budapest

Budapest, Hungary – June 30, 2022 – The featured event on Thursday was the €52,000 Grand Prix CSIO 3*, presented by the Ministry of Defense. Riders from 15 countries lined up for the 150cm competition in sweltering 36-degree Celsius heat.

Swiss course designer, Julien Pradervand (SUI) built 13 obstacles with 16 efforts at the challenging track where spectators had to wait until the 13th starter to see the first clear round. The most fences fell at a fragile vertical and in the triple jump.

Dutch Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) rode the first clear in the time limit on 11-year-old A S Bombay. The next perfect ride was showcased by Brazilian Matheus Correa (BRA) with Zeus, owned by Hungarian Csilla Lévai. Then Jörne Sprehe (GER), a regular and successful German participant in Hungarian competitions, took the lead with a lightning fast ride on Hot Easy. After him, the Swiss Thibaut Keller (SUI) with Happy Girl T and Dutch Demi van Grunsven (NED) left the course with no penalties. The seventh rider who made it to the jump off was Angelos Touloupis (GRE), representing Greece. Omar Bonomelli (ITA) from Italy did not touch any fences but was not fast enough and got time penalties.

Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) & A S Bombay

Seven obstacles and eight efforts had to be overcome on the 300-meter course of the jump off. Despite the extreme heat, and a technical and testing first round, several riders were able to make clear rounds again.The first starter, Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) and A S Bombay (Diamant de Semilly x Contender) lost some valuable seconds due to a short stop by his horse, resulting in a clean performance in 41.18 seconds. However, the second rider, Matheus Correa on Zeus could not make is faster than the Dutch pair.

Jörne Sprehe (GER) & Hot Easy

Then came German Jörne Sprehe (GER) and Hot Easy (Andiamo Z x Otangelo) who took the lead with another quick clear in 41.15 seconds. However they would have to settle for second place.

Angelos Touloupis (GRE) & Lord Mexx

Sprehe seemed to prevail until last rider, Angelos Touloupis (GRE) with Lord Mexx (Larimar 7 x Coriano), who posted not only a double clear, but was faster than any other rider, crossing the timers in 40.62 seconds aboard the 9-year-old bay Holsteiner stallion.

The special prize of the Ministry of Defense was awarded to the placed riders by Gábor Schmidt, Deputy State Secretary for Sport. The winners were also presented a valuable glazed horse statue and the two porcelain vases by Bachar Najari, majority owner of Hungarian Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory Zrt. Vilmos Lázár, President of the Hungarian Equestrian Federation, also congratulated the winners.

Final Results – €52,000 Ministry of Defense Grand Prix CSIO 3*

1) Angelos Touloupis (GRE) & Lord Mexx – 0 / 0 – 40.62

2) Jörne Sprehe (GER) & Hot Easy – 0 / 0 – 41.15

3) Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) & AS Bombay – 42.18

Source: Press Release (edited) from National Riding Hall / CSIO Budapest

Photo: © CSIO Budapest / lovasfoto.hu – Krisztina Hajdu

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