German rider Christian Kukuk won the first class of the CSI2* Kronenberg scoring a 5-hundredths of a second advantage against Italian rider Emanuele Camilli. (Photo © Equestrian Center of Peelbergen)
German rider Christian Kukuk won the €24,600 Seacon Logistics Prix to mark the beginning of the De Peelbergen Wintertour 2017 in its first week.
The course designed by Henk Linders for 98 pairs in what was the first FEI class of the CSI2* Kronenberg in Holland, had the leading role of German rider Christian Kukuk with the 11-year-old stallion Colestus (Cornet Obolensky x Stakkato) owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze, stopping the clock in 34.71 seconds.
Marking an advantage of only 5 hundredths of a second before Italian rider Emanuele Camilli in the jump-off round, Christian Kukuk secured 50 World Ranking Points and represented the first of six double clear rounds that culminated the class, while Emanuele Camilli together with the 13-year-old gelding Emperio van’t Roosakker (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) did it in a time of 34.76 seconds.
The Pan American Ranking representation and two-time US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut completed an interesting jump-off round, finishing in third place with the 9-year-old mare Deville (Diabeau x Casco) in 35.09 seconds and adding good World Ranking Points.
They followed in final order Nissel Lüneburg of Germany occupying fourth place with the 14-year-old gelding Westbridge (Furore x Corland) in time of 35.20 seconds and fifth place to complete the top five classified the home rider Niels Bulthuis with 12-year-old gelding Blue Silver (Balou du Rouet x Goldstern) in 36.01 seconds.
Only Brazilian rider Joao Eduardo Ferreira De Carvalho managed to score points by Latino Ranking riders finishing in 16th place, being penalized with 1 failure when exceeding the time allowed with the 9-year-old gelding Andreas Spb Z (Air Jordan Z x Lan Daris). Out of the points were Jaime Guerra Piedra from Mexico with 10-year-old mare Zamia 3 (Aljano x Dream O. Glory) accumulating 1 foul ranked 20th, Nando de Miranda from Brazil 46th with accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Czarina Jmen (Clavigo Jmen x Contender), Nicolas Toro from Colombia in 50th place with the 9-year-old gelding Desperado (Cardento x Lord Z), Paulo Stewart finished 60th with the 10-year-old gelding Hunter van het Indihof (Bentley van de Heffinck x Mr. Blue) and his compatriot Matheus Correa retired with the 8-year-old mare Quirimba Ls La Silla (Quintero La Silla x Capitol I).