Belgian rider Christophe Vanderhasselt take the first home win of the CSI3* Liege week, beating Dutchman Harrie Smolders and British John Whitaker. (Photo © Archive)
The Belgian rider Christophe Vanderhasselt take the first victory of the CSI3* Liege week, surpassing a group of 56 pairs on course designed by Luc Musette.
After completing world number 184 Christophe Vanderhasselt his regular round, showed the way for a group of 22 riders classified to the jump-off, where he recorded a time of 33.81 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Identity Vitseroel (Air Jordan Z x Darco) owned by Sportstal Vanderhasselt.
The result allowed the winning rider Christophe Vanderhasselt to add 50 World Ranking Points and surpass two of the main figures of the week, as was world number 6 Harrie Smolders from Holland completing his jump-off in 34.43 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Capital Colnardo (Colman x Coronado) in second place and for third place John Whitaker of Great Britain, who was presented with the 15-year-old stallion Argento (Arko III x Gasper) to complete his round in 34.89 seconds.
The double clear round extended to twelfth place, but stood out among the top five classified Jerome Guery of Belgium in fourth place with his 15-year-old stallion Papillon Z (Perhaps V Berkenbroeck x San Patrignano Cassini) in time of 35.14 second and fifth place Italian Amazona Lucia Le Jeune Vizzini with the 8-year-old gelding Cabalgaro Z (Calvados Z x Caucalis) in 35.77 seconds.
For the Pan American Ranking stood out the US Olympic team Reed Kessler occupying the sixth place by scoring 36.25 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Christy 3 (Christiano x Arpeggio) and adding World Ranking Points. Likewise, Kara Chad from Canada finished at 20th, Wilton Porter from the United States doit in 35th and four times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze was eliminated.
By the Latino Ranking Marlon Modulo Zanotelli of Brazil finished 47th accumulating 8 faults in the regular round and being out of the points with the 8-year-old gelding El Dorado (Indorado x Heartbreaker) in 66.56 seconds. For his part Colombian rider Mark Bluman repeated the 8 fouls in 67.73 seconds to be 49th, along with the 11-year-old stallion Gamko S (Heartbreaker x Carthago).