Verona, Italy – November 04, 2022 – It was the French national anthem that rang out at the end of the second competition on the opening day of the 2022 edition of the Jumping Verona CSI 5*-W this afternoon when Julien Anquetin (FRA) and the 10-year-old bay Selle Français gelding Cesus de Fougnard (Tlaloc M x Calvaro) claimed pole position in the €25,500 Banca Passadore Speed Challenge CSI 5*-W.
There were two retirements and two eliminations in the strong field of 44 starters, but 15 horse-and-rider partnerships cleared Uliano Vezzani’s (ITA) 13-fence course and French riders claimed four of the top ten places.
Anquetin’s winning time of 62.48 seconds left the 30-year-old rider well ahead of Belgian runner-up Wilm Vermeir (BEL) and his 13-year-old stallion Joyride S (Toulon x Pachat II), who crossed the line in 64.14 seconds.
The fourth-ranked rider in the world, Harrie Smolders (NED), slotted into third with the 14-year-old grey mare Une de L’Othain (Conterno Grande x Cento) when posting a time of 64.31.
Final Results – €25,500 Banca Passadore Speed Challenge CSI 5*-W
1) Julien Anquetin (FRA) & Cesus de Fougnard – 0 – 62.48
2) Wilm Vermeir (BEL) & Joyride S – 0 – 64.14
3) Harrie Smolders (NED) & Une de L’Othain – 0 – 64.31
Source: Press Release (edited) from Jumping Verona
Photos: © Jumping Verona / Stefano Grasso