Guy Williams take the win against Irishman David Simpson with a lead of 71 hundredths of a second. Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho finished in 16th place. (Photo © Julian Portch Photography)
British rider Guy Williams shone with his 12-year-old stallion Rouge de Ravel (Ultimo van ter Moude x Quoglof Rouge) owned by S.C.E.A. de Lillebec, to dominate The Tom Hudson Derby Trophy in Hickstead.
With an unbeatable time of 43.02 seconds in his jump-off, Guy Williams took 50 World Ranking Points by maintaining a distance of 71 hundredths of a second to Irish rider David Simpson, who completed his course in 43.73 seconds accompanied by the 8-year-old gelding Keoki (Catoki x Cassini I). For third place Yazmin Pinchen of Great Britain recorded a time of 44.10 seconds with the 14-year-old stallion Van de Vivaldi (Vivaldi of Kempel x Golden Joy J), while completing the Top 5 Peter Moloney of Ireland in fourth place with 49.07 seconds alongside 11-year-old Ghana (Vigo D’Arsouilles x Cash) and fifth place for Steven Franks of Great Britain in 49.84 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Abdul Aziz (Diamant de Semilly x Vert et Rouge).
For the Pan American Ranking participated the Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho, getting the last place with FEI Ranking points in box 16th, exceeding the time allowed for the regular round and being penalized with 1 foul in 79.07 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Berdina (Untouchable x Naturel).