Belgian Gilles Thomas guided the clearing domain on the part of home riders, occupying the three first places in the CSI2* Lier. (Photo © equnews.be)
The first class of the CSI2* Lier in Belgium was total domain on part home riders, commanded by Gilles Thomas in the jump-off round.
Under course design by Marc Jozef Vygh, the Belgian riders stole all the crowd attention with their resounding result, commanded by Gilles Thomas with his 8-year-old mare Janice (Udarco van Overis x Ohio van de Padenborre D’02), who completed the jump-off round in 36.94 seconds.
After starting 75 pairs in the regular round, only 15 won the right to return when completing their clear rounds and escorting Gilles Thomas in second place, the amazon Emilie Conter with the 9-year-old gelding Mufasa (Wandro van de Mispelaere x Calvados/sable Rose) in 38.04 seconds, while Belgian one-two-three completed it in third place by Vicky van de Poel in 38.21 seconds riding with the 8-year-old gelding Jay Jay van de Mottelhoeve (Faldiano x Thunder van Zuuthoeve).
The Top 5 was completed by Guillaume Foutrier of France in fourth place in time of 38.47 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Spike Vd Withoeve (Sting Vd Withoeve by Funny Girl van Deinze) and fifth place by Joe Clee of Great Britain in 39.28 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Alzu Ohio (Optimum vd Wellington x Bambix).
By Latino Ranking Dayro Arroyave of Colombia managed to finish within the points in 15th place, not having a good jump-off round that would leave accumulating 16 fouls in a risky course next to the 9-year-old gelding Uciano de La Botte (Luccianno x Arpege Pierreville). Outside the points among the Latinos were Fernando Chiarotto Penteado of Brazil in a 4 fouls regular round ranked 35th with the 14-year-old stallion Catija ET, while his fellowman Bernardo Alves was eliminated with the 11-year-old gelding Beau Limit.