The Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels took a clear victory with a 2 second advantage against the Swedish Douglas Lindelöw, to close the first day of the CSI5* Jumping Verona. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels completed a solid tie-break round at the €62,000 Prestige Cup, taking a 2-second lead against his closest rival.
Closing the first date of the CSI5* Jumping Verona, Niels Bruynseels commanded the jump-off round in a course designed by Ulinao Vezzani and a total of 11 classified riders, but none managed to improve the time of Belgian, who was presented with the 11-year-old mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reves x Nimmerdor) owned by Krystle Vaes Erna-Wiehem.
Being his time of 33.52 seconds, Niels Bruynseels secured 80 World Ranking Points while his closest follower was Douglas Lindelöw of Sweden, marking a time of 35.55 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Zacramento (Cardento x Cortus).
The double clear round extended to sixth place, where the third position was worn by Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya with the 12-year-old gelding G&C Arrayan (Baloubet du Rouet x Grannus), fourth place for German and former world number 1 Christian Alhmann accompanied by 14-year-old stallion Colorit (Coriano x Capitol) in 36.04 seconds, followed in fifth place by Marc Houtzager of the Netherlands with 10-year-old gelding Sterrehof’s Calimero (Quidam de Revel x Achill) in 36.53 seconds and sixth place for Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander accompanied by 10-year-old mare California (L’Esprit x Libero H) in 38.66 seconds.
Of the 42 participating pairs only two belonged to the Latino Ranking and Rene Lopez of Colombia managed to add World Ranking Points, completing in 4 fouls and 72.70 seconds his regular round with the 13-year-old gelding Con Dios III (Colman x Romino), while the Latin Ranking leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil did not have the same luck to be penalized with 1 foul per time and totaling 5 fouls in 79.60 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Quabri de L’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre), being located in 29th position.