Knokke-Heist, Belgium – July 07, 2022 – The parade of stars has already begun! With the 5* week kicking off at Knokke Hippique, the biggest show jumping stars have arrived at the exciting equestrian event on the Belgian coast. Among them are also quite a few Olympic champions. And one of them already won the first qualifier for the €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSIO 5*, the €36,100 Audi Speed Challenge CSIO 5*.
During a 1.50m speed course, 14 of 30 participating riders went clear, but none did it faster than Olympic champion Henrik von Eckermann and the 2013 bay Dutch Warmblood mare Iliana (Cardento 933 x Gentleman).
Willem Greve (NED) and Highway M TN (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x Black Walter) finished in second place, crossing the finish line in 68.44 seconds while Max Kühner (AUT) was third with Elektric Blue P (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure), completing their performance in 69.26 seconds.
Final Results – €36,100 Audi Speed Challenge CSIO 5*
1) Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Iliana – 0 – 67.62
2) Willem Greve (NED) & Highway M TN – 0 – 68.44
3) Max Kühner (AUT) & Elektric Blue P – 0 – 69.26
Source: Press Release from Knokke Hipique
Photo: © Sportfot