Frenchman Olivier Roberts started the week at home taking victory in speed class, being escorted by Belgian Gudrun Petteet and Dutchman Harrie Smolders. Participated Rene López, Rodrigo Pessoa and Pedro Veniss. (Photo © R&B Presse)
French rider Olivier Robert started the CSI 5* Jumping du Chateau de Versailles week, making himself feel at home with his victory, during Prix Del Monte dispute which distributed €25,000 for 37 pairs in speed class and at a height of 1.50m.
Introducing himself with 13-year-old gelding Eros (Querlybet Hero x Forever) owned by S.A.R.L. La Martiniere, Oliveir Robert scored 50 World Ranking points with his result, after stopping the clock in 62.93 seconds. Not too distant in second place in a time of 63.15 seconds was Belgian rider Gudrun Patteet, who secured 45 World Ranking points along with 12-year-old mare Sea Coast Ferry (Calato x Darco), followed in third place by Dutch Harrie Smolders and 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Reve x Kannan Nabab) in time of 64.14 seconds. Completed Top 5 Maikel van der Vleuten of Netherlands in fourth place registering 64.62 seconds with 11-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Boimargot Quincy x Caletto I) and fifth French rider Penelope Leprevost in company of 9-year-old stallion Uranus de Cartigny (Diamant de Semilly x Double Espoir) in 66.85 seconds.
For Latino Ranking three representatives could not finish within FEI Ranking points, being Colombian Rene Lopez with better location in 22nd position, totaling 5 faults in 73.19 seconds along with 10-year-old mare Twig du Velillos (Diamant de Semilly x Tornado D’Hotot). On the other hand, Brazilians Rodrigo Pessoa and Pedro Veniss completed their retrospective courts with 5 and 10 fouls, being Pessoa in 25th place with Ferro Chin VH Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Nimmerdor) and Veniss with For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) in 31st place.
For Pan American Ranking there was better luck entering inside points with Americans Jessica Springsteen and Laura Kraut. In case of Springsteen with 14-year-old mare Davendy S (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Pachat II) finished in 12th place with 4 fouls and best time of class in 60.55 seconds, while Kraut with 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me Cambridge) were ranked 16th.
The new World leader and also Pan-American Ranking leader Kent Farrington, debuted with its new distinction like No. 1 next to gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido), but totalizing 6 faults to finished in 26th position.