Valence, France – December 02, 2022 – On Friday, the riding school of the Haras des Grillons de Ratières (Drôme) hosted three events counting for the Longines FEI world ranking contested by several of the best riders in the world. After two great performances, Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Dirka de Blondel claimed the crown in the €25,500 Hubside.Store Jump-off Challenge CSI 3*.
Lorenzo de Luca and Poden Farms’ 2013 bay Selle Français mare (Very Berlin de Castel x Lauterbach) were the faster of only two combinations that managed to complete the 1.50m jump-off course without having any penalties attributed to them, securing the win in 40.16 seconds.
As the only other combination that had a clean scorecard after their two rounds, Andres Vereecke (BEL) and Call Me de Muze Z (Clarissimo Z x Ramiro Z) secured silver honors in 43.99 seconds.
Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) chose a conservative approach in the tiebreaker with In Time (Biscayo x Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve) and the strategy paid off despite their two time penalties after compleing the jump-off course in 45.14 seconds. They left all the poles up, thus earning the third spot on the podium.
Final Results – €25,500 Hubside.Store Jump-off Challenge CSI 3*
1) Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Dirka de Blondel – 0 / 0 – 40.46
2) Andres Vereecke (BEL) & Call Me de Muze Z – 0 / 0 – 43.99
3) Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) & In Time – 0 / 0 – 45.14
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