Belgian Grudrun Patteet completed a perfect day at the CSI 5 * Knokke Hippique by winning today the two FEI tests and with the Grand Prix took a BMW. (Photo © Scoopdyga)
The final day of the CSI 5* Knooke in Belgium was perfect for the home riders, when today in the two FEI events, Gudrun Patteet took both victories and was now the winner of the € 300,000 Rolex Grand Prix.
With an end full of many emotions, Gudrun Patteet next to the 11-year-old gelding Sea Coast Pebbles Z (Picasso x Flamenco de Semilly) owned by Sea Coast Horses, completed the tiebreaking round in 44.33 seconds secured 150 World Ranking Points with the first position plus a BMW M4 Cabrio.
World number 79 Gudrun Patteet, who had won four 2017 FEI events, today was the most important victory of her career, overcoming compatriot Pieter Devos who had won the CSI 3* Grand Prix hours earlier.
In case of Pieter Devos, he presented with the 13-year-old gelding Espoir (Surcouf de Revel x Laudanum XX), recording a time of 44.86 seconds and for third place Olivier Philippaerts also from Belgium, being the second Grand Prix of day one-two-three for the locals, performing with the 11-year-old mare H&M Legend of Love (Landzauber x Corgraf) in a time of 45.40 seconds.
Completed the Top 5 Kevin Staut of France in fourth place with the 12-year-old gelding For Joy van’t Zorgvliet Hdc (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker) in 46.22 seconds and the Spanish rider Gerardo Menendez Mieres occupied the fifth place with the 12-year-old stallion Cassino DC (Cassini I) in 48.75 seconds.
The American rider Laura Kraut was the most outstanding by the Pan American Ranking finishing in 12th place with the 10-year-old mare Zeremonie (Zero x Quick Star), being her jump-off of 8 fouls in 46.31 seconds. Catherine Nicole Tyree was 35th with 12 fouls along with Bokai (Up To Date x Olympic Ferro) and also American rider Lauren Hough like the Colombian rider Dayro Arroyave, representative of the Latino Ranking, opted for the retirement.
World number 3 and best seeded Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, did not get a good presentation with the 13-year-old gelding Ensor de Litrange LXII (Nabab Reve x Mr Blue), accumulating 9 fouls in the 33rd position.