Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – In a closely fought battle for a spot on the podium, Jane Richard (SUI) and Fouego de la Closiere won the 5* curtain raiser on opening day of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) of Valkenswaard, claiming top honors in the €25,700 Two-Phase Challenge CSI 5* at Tops International Arena.
A total 53 combinations entered the grass arena for the 1.45m challenge. The Swiss and the 11-year-old Belgian Sport Horse (Nabab de Reve x Landjuweel St Hubert) triumphed by advancing to and completing the second phase of the contest without having any penalties attributed to them, completing the final section in 23.72 seconds.
Yuri Mansur (BRA) and Away Semilly (Diamant de Semilly x Watzmann) were right on the heels of the eventual winners, finishing only two-hundredths off the winning mark, being timed in 23.74 seconds.
Only six-hundredths of a second separated the top three with Betram Allen (IRL) and Emmylou (Billy Mexico x Lupin Z) conquering bronze honors in 23.78 seconds.
Final Results – €25,700 Two-Phase Challenge CSI 5*
1) Jane Richard (SUI) & Fouego de la Closiere – 0 – 23.72
2) Yuri Mansur (BRA) & Away Semilly – 0 – 23.74
3) Betram Allen (IRL) & Emmylou – 0 – 23.78
Text: Jumper News with insert from LGCT – Longines Global Champions Tour, no reproduction without permission.
Photo: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso