Frenchman Laurent Goffinet commanded one-two for his country at the opening of CSI3* Verbier in Switzerland, being escorted by Severin Hillereau. (Photo © Archive)
Frenchman Laurent Goffinet dominated the first FEI event of CSI3* Verbier in Switzerland, marking the best time of the Prix Société de Développement de Verbier.
With 44 pairs cheering for the speed class on course designed by Gerard Lachat, the French riders led by Laurent Goffinet dominated the competition by placing first and second, where the winner recorded a time of 63.90 seconds with the 10-year-old mare T’Intel Lande (Opium de Talma x Type d’Elle), while Severin Hillereau finished second with the 13-year-old stallion Qiouc d’Irleau (Ephebe For Ever) in 66.95 seconds.
With his easy win, Laurent Goffinet secured 50 World Ranking Points and was limited to observe how the house riders occupied From the third to the 14th place with Bryan Balsiger, Mathilde Crochet and Laurent Fasel occupying third, fourth and fifth place.
For the Panamerican Ranking American rider Taylor Alexander was in the 17th place outside the World Ranking Points, completing a 4 fouls field in 73.90 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Ryanair de Riverland (Quick Star x Papillon Rouge).