Prague, Czech Republic – November 19, 2022 – In a thrilling show down of some of the world’s best horse and rider combinations, the full house at Prague’s O2 Arena were on the edge of their seat in the €60,000 EP Energy Trading CSI 5* on the third day of the GC Prague Playoffs. With just 1.67 seconds separating the top 7 place getters, the question on everyone’s lips was who would secure top podium position
The answer? The master of faster, Marlon Mólodo Zanotelli (BRA) from Brazil, aboard his Like A Diamond van het Schaeck! The Brazilian and the 13-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood mare (Diamant de Semilly x Bamako de Muze) posted a clean jump-off performance and the blisteringly quick time of 31.11 seconds.
After wining the €40,080 Individual Speed Challenge CSI 5* with the same mount on Thursday, Ales Opatrny (CZE) and Forewer Caruso 279 x Grossadmiral) came close to flying towards first again, but this time they fell just short, finishing second in 31.73 seconds.
Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) and Cous Cous (Cachas x Lasino) completed their two performances in flawless fashion too, securing bronze honors in 32.27 seconds.
Final Results – €60,000 EP Energy Trading Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*
1) Marlon Molodo Zanotelli (BRA) & Like A Diamond van het Schaeck – 0 / 0 – 31.11
2) Ales Opatrny (CZE) & Forewer – 0 / 0 – 31.73
3) Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) & Cous Cous – 0 / 0 – 32.27
Source: Press Release (edited) from LGCT – Longines Global Champions Tour
Photo: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso