St. Gallen, Switzerland — June 03, 2023 — In the Prize MS Direct Group CSIO 5*, the 5* riders had the last opportunity to qualify for the Longines Grand Prix of Switzerland on Sunday. In the 150 cm competition, which is worth €26,400 euros, twelve pairs finished the normal course without any penalties.
Eleven of them competed for victory in the subsequent jump-off after Steve Guerdat decided not to take part, much to the regret of the numerous spectators.
So the Swiss fans put all their hopes on Pius Schwizer (SUI) as the only remaining Swiss rider in the jump-off. And he did not disappoint them. As the seventh rider in the jump-off, he took the lead with a fast clear round on the ten-year-old mare Quilana Denfer.
He held the lead – until Nicolas Delmotte (SUI) came into the arena as the last rider with Citadin du Chatellier. Delmotte had the luxury of having two horses qualified for the jump-off. As the opening rider, he had already completed the course clear with Baladin des Matis and had been only narrowly relegated to second intermediate place by Pius Schwizer.
So he already had a place on the podium for sure in his second ride as the final rider in the jump-off. But he didn’t seem to be satisfied with that and gave it another go with the 11-year-old bay Selle Français gelding (L’Arc de Triomphe x Diamant de Semilly). The risk paid off, he pushed Pius Schwizer to second place and himself with his first horse to third, securing the win in 41.20 seconds.
Final Results — €26,400 MS Direct Group CSIO 5*
1) Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) & Citadin du Chantellier — 0 / 0 — 41.20
2) Pius Schwizer (SUI) & Quilana Denfer — 0 / 0 — 42.46
3) Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) & Dark Chocolate 48 — 0 / 0 — 42.94
Source: Press Release from Longines CSIO St. Gallen
Photos: © Longines St. Gallen / Katja Stuppia