Kronenberg, The Netherlands – July 23, 2022 – The British flag stood tall, higher than the rest last Sunday as Joe Whitaker (GBR) and Hulalupe JR rode to victory in the €26,400 Parkhotel Horst Prix CSI 2* in the Milestone Farm Arena at the Peelbergen Equestrian Centre.
A total of 72 combinations challenged the first-round course designed by Peter Schumacher (GER), with obstacles set at the height of 1.45m. Twelve pairs managed to clear all the obstacles and complete the course within the time allowed of 80 seconds.
Despite being the trailblazers, Pedro Veniss (BRA) and Boeckmanns Lord Pezi Junior (Böckmann’S Lord Pezi x Quattro 7) showed the way to the rest of the field, going clean in 39.52 seconds, a mark that would eventually earn them bronze honors.
Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann (GER) and Chaka Chaka 3 (Casall x Contender) took over first place with a time of 39.31 seconds, however they would be nipped at the wire by the eventual winners.
Joe Whitaker (GBR) and Hulalupe JR entered the ring determined to win and that’s exactly what they did! The British rider and the 2012 chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (VDL Bubalu x Indoctro) were six-hundredths of a second faster than the German, crossing the finish line in 39.25 seconds for the victory.
Final Results – €26,400 Parkhotel Horst Prix CSI 2*
1) Joe Whitaker (GBR) & Hulalupe JR – 0 / 0 – 39.25
2) Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann (GER) and Chaka Chaka 3 – 0 / 0 – 39.31
3) Pedro Veniss (BRA) & Boeckmanns Lord Pezi Junior – 0 / 0 – 39.52
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Photo: © Peelbergen Equestrian Centre / Sportfot