World Number 3 Frenchman Kevin Staut took the victory of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final beating Scott Brash. The last year winner Eric Lamaze was in fourth place. (Photo © chi-geneve.ch)
World number 3 French rider Kevin Staut took the victory in the 17th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final of the CHI Geneve, beating the former world leader Scott Brash.
The class made up of the best riders in the world had the Frenchman Kevin Staut as protagonist in his 17th edition, dominating the Two Rounds against former World Ranking leader Scott Brash and defending champion Eric Lamaze of Canada, who could do nothing the great display of the winner.
Being undoubtedly one of those classes that everyone would like to see, attendees at CHI Geneve enjoyed a real fight of titans on course designed by Gérard Lachat, led by Kevin Staut with the 16-year-old gelding Rever de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes) owned by Haras Des Coudrettes.
After completing Kevin Staut in 40.90 seconds his Two Rounds and securing 150 World Ranking points, set the tone against world number 14t British Scott Brash accompanied with his 16-year-old mare Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) owned by Lady Pauline Harris & Lady Pauline Kirkham, being his time of 42.83 seconds and third place finished in the hands of European Champion and World No. 4 Peder Fredricson of Sweden with the 10-year-old gelding H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados), registered a time of 49.72 seconds with 1 fault.
For fourth place the four times Canadian Olympic medalist and world number 9 Eric Lamaze could not repeat for years in a row, after he won the 16th edition, but today despite stopping the clock in a better time of 40.27 seconds, knocked down a pole with the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth FRH x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms Llc, Torrey Pines Stable.
The fifth place was world number 7 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, being his time of 42.08 seconds with 4 fouls next to the 13-year-old gelding Ensor de Litrange LXII (Nabab de Reve x Mr Blue) owned by Stephex Stables.
Also participating to occupy the remaining positions world number 6 Harrie Smolders of Holland in sixth place with the 13-year-old stallion Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire), seventh place world number 10 Gregory Wathetel of Belgium with the 13-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) and eighth place was world number 5 Maikel van der Vleuten of Holland with the 15-year-old stallion VDL Groep Verdi TN (Quidam by Revel x Landgraf I).
World number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States of America completed the final order in ninth place with the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) and tenth place for world number 8 Steve Guerdat of Switzerland with the 10-year-old mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof).