Quateira, Faro, Portugal – October 13, 2022 – Victor Bettendorf (LUX) made a triumphant return to the VillaMoura Champions Tour CSI 3* on Thursday, teaming up with Astuce de La Roque to win the feature class of the day, the €25,500 VillaMoura Speed Challenge CSI 3* at the VillaMoura Equestrian Centre.
Bettendorf and the 2010 bay Selle Français mare (Kannan x Quick Star) got the best of 24 other combinations in the 1.45m speed challenge by completing the course in flawless fashion, crossing the finish line in 63.21 seconds.
The next-fastest combination was over a second slower than the eventual winners. James Smith (GBR) and Holly (Zambesi x Verdi TN) rode towards silver honors in 64.24 seconds while Francisco Rocha (POR) and Lanzarote de Muze (Clinton x Heartbreaker) gave the host nation something to cheer about, rounding out the top three with no penalties too, being timed in 64.82 seconds.
Final Results – €25,500 VillaMoura Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Astuce de La Roque – 0 – 63.21
2) James Smith (GBR) & Holly – 0 – 64.24
3) Francisco Rocha (POR) & Lanzarote de Muze – 0 – 64.82
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Photo: © VillaMoura Equestrian Centre