The Belgian rider got the best record in speed test to beat the Irishman Billy Twomey and the Swiss Janika Sprunger. (Photo © jumpingverona.it)
With the participation of 41 pairs, the CSI 5* week began in Verona with dispute of KASK Presents that distributed €24,500 among the 12 best classified.
Made in a height of 1.50m the first class with World Ranking points, Belgian representative Olivier Philippaerts got the fastest time in the speed class by scoring 56.27 seconds on 12-year-old mare Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco). While the advantage was relatively comfortable against his opponents to be a speed competition, not far behind the Irish Billy Twomey followed in second position along with the 12-year-old stallion Ardcolum Duke (Gypsy Duke x Clover Hill), to complete his tour In 57.09 seconds.
The Top 3 were complemented by Swiss rider Janika Sprunger, who was the last court to record less than 60 seconds in the class to add 40 World Ranking points with 11-year-old stallion Aris CMS (Nassau x Amethist) in time of 58.87 seconds.
The Top 5 was in the fourth place the British Ben Maher and the 8-year-old gelding Don Vito (Quaprice Z x Jus de Pomme) in time of 60.65 seconds and the home rider Lorenzo De Luca with the 10-year-old stallion Balou de Coeur Joye (Balou du Rouet x Argentinus) finished in 60.75 seconds.
For the crowd that could enjoy and have the presence of several of the best riders in the world, the current leader of the FEI Ranking participated and the second of the classification, being the best seeds of the first competition, but not achieving good figuration, where The Frenchman Simon Delestre, number 2 in the ranking was 35th with 11-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto II) with 8 fouls, while German Christian Ahlmann leader of the Ranking and his 10-year-old gelding Reavnir (Ricardos X Rombach), totaled 12 fouls in 40th.