Dutch rider Harrie Smolders completes an excellent 2017 year by winning now the €179,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping in Belgium. (Photo © Jumping Mechelen)
World Number 6 Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands added another important victory, to conclude its very successful 2017 year.
Representing the ninth leg of a total of 13th at Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League, the Dutch rider Harrie Smolders added his first victory with this ninth round, but added another important triumph in what has undoubtedly been the most successful year of his career.
After this year’s championship with the Longines Global Champions Tour, Harrie Smolders next to with 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) owned by Eurohorse BVBA- Axel Verlooy, completed the jump-off round in 38.19 seconds to secure 130 World Ranking points.
Achieving another important victory for the personal record of Harrie Smolders, the Dutchman surpassed world number 13th Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann, who appeared with the 11-year-old mare Mary Lou 194 (Montendro x Portland L) recording a time of 38.74 seconds.
Being undoubtedly this ninth leg starring by the best world riders, the third place was for world number 7 Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca accompanied by the 10-year-old stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) ending in 39.97 seconds, followed by the former World Ranking leader Daniel Deusser of Germany in fourth place with the 14-year-old gelding Cornet D’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) in 40.51 seconds.
The last double clear round was for French rider Roger Yves Bost “Bosty”, who occupied the fifth place with the 11-year-old mare Sangria du Coty (Quaprice Bois Margot x Muguet du Manoir) in 42.17 seconds.
By Latino Ranking Dayro Arroyave of Colombia totaled 13 fouls in his regular round with the 9-year-old gelding Uciano de la Botte (Luccianno x Arpege Pierreville), taking a time of 69.84 seconds to finish 34th.
After nine legs in the Western European League, now Swedish Henrik von Eckermann went on to command the classification with 57 points, beating the Frenchman Kevin Staut who now falls to second place with 53 points and third Australian Edwin Tops-Alexander with 50 points.