Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
The first class of the three day feast of show jumping kicked off in style with young talent Jos Verlooy (BEL) and Farfelu de la Pomme winning the CSI5* 1.45m Prix Fédération Equestre de la Principauté de Monaco.
Jos rode an exceptionally competitive round, and was fast from the first to the second fence in the speed phase. Guiding the 11 year old chestnut mare to perfection, Jos made a superb turn, keeping up the gallop all the way to the line and finishing in an impressive 25.67s to take top honours.
Georgina Bloomberg (USA) was the first to set the pace with her stunning 11 year old dark bay gelding Balou, jumping a beautiful clear in the two phase class and throwing down the gauntlet for the rest of the world class field. Hot on her heels was Pius Schwizer (SUI) with PSG Future, an experienced combination, who just pipped the American to third place by two tenths of a second, crossing the line in 27.48s.
Second place went to Turkey’s Ömer Karaevli who rode his ten year old bay gelding Cortani to finish less than half a second behind Jos, finishing the two phase competition speed section in 26.07s.
Long-time leader Georgina finished fourth with Balou overall – only fractions of a second adrift, illustrating how competitive the opening class was. Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci and Chiba Chiba took fifth place overall, with young Dutch rider Lisa Nooren (NED) and VDL Groep Centora de Wallyro riding a fantastic clear to finish in 6th. Jane Richard Philips (SUI) took 7th with the bay 13 year old gelding Pablo de Virton.