The Belgian rider dominated the competition with the mare Coree before a strong opponent like Kevin Staut surpassing it by 17 hundredths of a second. (Photo © longines.com)
Closing of the CSI 5* Leipzig with the dispute of the Longines FEI World Cup and its sleeve number 10 of a total of 13, that divides the calendar of the Western European League, representing the first victory of the circuit for the Belgian Gregory Wathelet.
In the company of 11-year-old mare Coree (Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life), Wathelet not only dominated the disputed sleeve, he also took the victory in the Sparkassen Cup – Grand Prix of Leipzig, getting a time of 41.77 seconds in their tiebreaker round and lead a group of 16 classified, after they began 40 pairs the regular round.
Fully clinging to his strategy world number 22, Gregory Wathelet added his first win of 2017 and first of the Western European League that went up to the 10 position, which happened to lead the Frenchman Kevin Staut with his performance today at to finish behind the winner in time of 41.94 seconds with the 16-year-old gelding Reveur of Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes).
Defined the first two positions, the Top 5 were completed by German riders being the third place for Niklas Krieg with the 13-year-old mare Carella (Clearway x Concerto 4) in 43.76 seconds, the fourth place was occupied by Ludger Beerbaum and 14-year-old gelding Casello (Casall x Carolus I) in 44.22 seconds, while fifth finished Markus Brinkmann in 44.47 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Pikeur Dylon (Semilly x Carry Diamant).
The class that distributed 160,000 Euros represented a gain in World-wide Ranking points of 130 for the winner, but the number 1 at the moment in FEI Ranking Daniel Deusser of Germany who managed to also classify the tiebreaker, closed the group of the 16th classified in the 16 position with 8 fouls, a result that did not help much in obtaining points for your personal account of the month.