Belgian Niels Bruynseels led the way for the first win for home riders by winning the €61,800 Sport Vlaandren, where they occupied the top four places. (Photo © Jumping Mechelen)
World number 17 Niels Bruynseels led the first victory for the home riders in the CSI5* Jumping Mechelen, occupying up to fourth place.
Demonstrating a clear mastery of the Belgian riders at the conclusion of third day at Jumping Mechelen, Niels Bruynseels dominated the jump-off round with the 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor) owned by Erna Vaes, Krystle Wiehem, being its time of 31.53 seconds.
Taking the first four place on course designed by Eddy Geysemans for the tiebreaker round with 10 classified riders, Niels Bruynseels was the best of the class and was escorted by world number 18 Pieter Devos with the 12-year-old gelding Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) in 31.71 seconds.
For third and fourth place were Nicola Philippaerts with the 10-year-old gelding H&M Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado) getting a time of 31.77 seconds and Christophe Vanderhasselt was fourth with the 9-year-old mare Identity Vitseroel (Air Jordan Z x Darco) in 32.90 seconds.
The top five finishers were completed by Dutch rider Johnny Pals accompanied by the 9-year-old stallion Chat Botte du Ruisseau Z (Casall x Darco), completing his tiebreaker round in 34.51 seconds.
The best seed of the class was world number 3 Kevin Staut of France, but could not finish within the points to be ranked 17th with the 8-year-old gelding Vendome d’Anchat HDC (Diamant de Semilly x Allegreto) .
By Latino Ranking Dayro Arroyave of Colombia was not on his best day and ended up accumulating 19 fouls in 37th place with the 9-year-old mare Carla (Casall x Coronado).