British rider Graham Lovegrove won the first FEI class of the CSI2* Kronenberg, beating out 99 other pairings. (Photo © Equestrian Center of Peelbergen)
British rider Graham Lovegrove won the first class by 5 hundredths of a second with 100 pairs participating in the CSI2* Kronenberg at the Netherlands.
Disputing the Parkhotel Horst Prix CSI2* at the Peelbergen Equestrian Center, Graham Lovegrove aboard the 8-year-old mare Jakarta van de Roshoeve d’14 (Cicero x Nagano) completed his tiebreaker round in 35.83 seconds to take 50 World Ranking points with his advantage of only 5 hundredths of a second before Polish rider Adam Grzegorzewski.
After passing a regular round with 100 pairs and classifying 18 riders to the jump-off on course designed by Dutchman Henk Linders, the British rider Graham Lovegrove showed the way to Adam Grzegorzewski and his 13-year-old gelding Zazou Szumawa (Cantos x Nairobi), who finished in 35.88 seconds and third place was Sjaak Sleiderink from the Netherlands with the 9-year-old gelding Ivan R (Apple Juice x Sam R) recording a time of 36.37 seconds.
The double clear round extended to ninth place, but the top five were completed by Emil Hallundbaek of Denmark in fourth place in time of 36.85 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Chalisco (Chacco-Blue x Quidam by Revel) and fifth place William Whitaker of Great Britain, finished in 37.10 seconds next to the 8-yearold gelding Furmint (Ustinov x Claudio’s Son).
One of the best seeds of the class, European champion and two-time Swedish Olympic medalist Rolf-Göran Bengtsson ranked sixth in 37.15 seconds with the 9-year-old stallion Crunch 3 (Clarimo x Canturo).
By Pan American Ranking Lillie Keenan of the United States of America achieved his pass to the jump-off, but he did not return with her 10-year-old gelding Skyhorse (Calvaro x Quidam de Revel), remaining in 17th place.
Turning to the Latino Ranking exceeded by 44 hundredths of a second the time allowed for Brazilian rider Eduardo Damiani Filizola with the 8-year-old mare Jella van’t Kathof (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Calvados), leaving him out of the jump-off as well as World Ranking Points in 19th place. His countryman Adir Abreu Junior registered 5 fouls in 41st place with the 10-year-old gelding Hunter van het Indihof (Bentley van de Heffinck x Mr. Blue) and also Brazilian Camila Mazza Smit had an afternoon to forget, when accumulate 29 fouls in 93rd place with the 11-year-old mare Berona (Corland x Indoctro).