Darragh Kenny flies to open the CHIO Rotterdam 2017.

Darragh Kenny got the first victory of the week to lead the Irish one-two, being escorted by Shane Breen. Jose Maria Larocca of Argentina within the points. (Photo © chio.nl)


Irish rider Darragh Kenny World number 37 flew at the €27,150 Dura Vermeer Prijs to mark the beginning of CHIO Rotterdam 2017, completing his course in 64.39 seconds to take 50 World Ranking Points.

Introducing Kerry Anne Llc’s nine-year-old Chanel (Challan x Lordanos), Darragh Kenny achieved his fifth FEI victory of the year, leading a class consisting of 59 pairs on course designed by Louis Konickx of the Netherlands. Likewise the class was commanded by Irish riders, who finished one-two to be escorted Kenny by Shane Breen along 9-year-old stallion Ispwich van de Wolfsakker (Carembar of Muze x Quick Star) owned by Breen Equestrian, Jos Lansink Horses & Konstantin Pysarenko, recording a time of 65.97 seconds.

Completed the Top 5 British Jessica Mendoza in third place with time of 67.17 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Toy Boy. For the fourth place Luciana Diniz of Portugal recorded a time of 69.09 seconds with the 18-year-old stallion Winningmood (Darco x Cassini I) and fifth was Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden completing his course in 69.13 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Hermes de Mariposa (Canturo x Power Light).

For the Pan American and Latino Ranking, the Argentinean rider Jose Maria Larocca was tenth, stoping the clock in 71.62 seconds with the 9-year-old stallion Diablo Blanco (Chacco Blue x Cento), a result that allowed him to add 10 FEI Ranking Points. No chance to score points was the American rider Lillie Keenan in a field of 4 fouls in 70.50 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Super Sox (Salito x Silvio I) in the 22nd place. The Peruvian rider Alonso Valdez Prado, who take down a rail and totaled four fouls in 75.08 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Chichester 3 (Casall x Cosimo), finishing 32nd and Wilton Porter from United States finished in 37th place with the 10-year-old stallion Caletto Cabana (Cassini I x Capecanaveral).

The best seed of the class was the Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten world number 9, recording a time of 76.19 seconds with the 9-year-old mare VDL Groep Idi Utopia (Quasimodo Z x Darco) to finish in the 18th place.


Final Results