US rider Michael Hughes secured his first 2017 FEI victory by finishing perfect at the CSI 3* Bonheiden Grand Prix. André Reichmann from Brazil best Latino. (Photo © Facebook jumping bonheiden)
US rider Michael Hughes won his first 2017 FEI victory and first in his career, dominating the CSI 3* Grand Prix -LR- by Q Cars Gewelt – Krismar at the culmination of CSI 3* Bonheiden 2017.
After raffling a regular round with 58 teams on the course designed by Belgium’s Eugene Mathy, only two riders got their jump-off where a perfect Michael Hughes stopped the clock in 41.24 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Zerlin M (Berlin X Concorde) to be the only double clear round of the class and earn 50 World Ranking Points.
Collecting several interesting results in his career, currently ranked 605 in the World Ranking, Michael Hughes collected two second places in CSI 2* Valkenswaard and CSI 4* Wiesbaden, but in earn points his best result to date has been a fifth place in CSI 4*-W Bridgehampton in 2014.
The second place and getting a better time of 35.25 seconds was Jeroen Appelen of Belgium accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Grappeloup van het Reenhof (Larino x Kashmir van Schuttershof), but they demolished a rail that separated them of the victory.
For the Latino Ranking André Reichmann of Brazil was the best placed in the 21st position, accumulating 8 fouls in 80.37 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Intro van Eeckelghem (Sandro Boy x Cheyenne de Baugy), while Mark Bluma of Colombia with the 10-year-old Wildfire (Quidam de Revel) totaled 17 fouls in 42nd place and his fellowman Dayro Arroyave did it with 21 fouls alongside the 9-year-old gelding Uppercut Libelulle (Jarnac SF x papillon Rouge) in 44th place. Brazilian Pedro Muylaert was retired.
For Pan American Ranking Christine McCrea finished in 37th place with the 11-year-old gelding Win For Life (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Chatman) and Randy Sherman next to the 9-year-old gelding S & L Cocodrille (Emerald van’T Ruytershof x Kashmir van Schuttershof) with 13 fouls was 40th.