Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – It was a Sunday afternoon of world-class performances as equine firepower was on display with breathtaking star horses and future champions lighting up Tops International Arena and giving fans around the world watching GCTV an incredible treat.
Young Irish rider Michael Pender (IRL) was the fastest in the jump-off of the €26,200 Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday, with Elektra des Premices in which 19 combinations were competing. The course featured challenging with long lines where a good pace could be made. For some, especially obstacles 2 and 4 were tricky but Pender and the 8-year-old the Selle Français mare (Kannan x Carthago) had no problem with this course and crossed the finish line in 40.58 seconds.
Second place was claimed by Dutchman Kevin Jochems (NED), who needed 41.47 seconds with Christianus (HANN, Christian x El Bundy).
Third place was also conquered by another Dutchman, Niels Kersten (NED), who finished in a time of 41.56 seconds with Grieg S (KWPN, Indoctro x Kenwood).
Michael Pender, known as Mikey by his friends, has been performing well since he was on a pony. Back then he won a silver team medal at the European Championships in 2014 and 2015. In recent years he has also been very successful at World Championships for Young Horses. Pender was delighted with his victory and his horse:
“I’m delighted with the way Elektra jumped and super pleased she won today’s 2* Grand Prix as she has been jumping fantastic all week. It was a very competitive jump-off but she is quick across the ground and took everything in her stride. I’m excited for her future and I think this huge grass arena at Tops International Arena with such fantastic footing is a brilliant opportunity for her to experience.”
Final Results – €26,200 Grand Prix of Valkenswaard CSI 2*
1) Michael Pender (IRL) & Elektra des Premices – 0 / 0 – 40.58
2) Kevin Jochems (NED) & Christianus – 0 / 0 – 41.47
3) Niels Kersten (NED) & Grieg S – 0 / 0 – 41.56
Source: Press Release (edited) from Tops International Arena
Photo: © Tops International Arena