Paul Kennedy led the Irish one-two at the CSI2* Opglabbeek in Belgium, in a class with 100 pairs. (Photo © Archive)
Irish rider Paul Kennedy won a marathon class of the CSI2* Opglabbeek in Belgium, guiding the one-two for his country.
Disputing a class that distributed €24,600 on course designed by German Christian Wiegand, had a decisive jump-off round led by Irishman Paul Kennedy with his 11-year-old mare Cartown Danger Mouse (Harlequin du Care) and stopping the clock at 38.75 seconds to ensure 50 World Ranking points.
For second place Trevor Breen of Ireland completed with Paul Kennedy the one-two for his country in the extensive class, registering a time of 38.75 seconds, only 3 hundredths of a second slower with the 10-year-old mare Bombay (Lord Z x Bon Ami) and for third place in 39.16 seconds Karel Cox of Belgium with his 9-year-old gelding Sea Coast Ideo d’O (Bentley x Querlybet Hero), taking great ovation from the crowd.
They followed in the final order by Hikaru Yoshikawa of Japan in fourth place, with a time of 39.39 seconds next to the 9-year-old gelding Conrato (Caretino x Quinar), while the fifth place was occupied by Charlotte Batter from Luxembourg with her 8-year-old mare J-Figyelem (Vingino x Animo) in 39.71 seconds.
By Latino Ranking Dayro Arroyave of Colombia managed to finish within the World Ranking points with the 9-year-old mare Carla (Casall x Coronado), completing his jump-off in 4 fouls and 42.34 seconds ranked 13th.
Outside the points were by Latinos Maria Victoria Perez of Puerto Rico in 28th place with the 11-year-old mare Quitana 11 (Quick Star x Lucky Lionell) in 4 faults and more distant Katty King with the 14-year-old gelding Wilexo (Phin Phin x Calvados) 57th, his fellowman Nando de Miranda was 59th with the 9-year-old mare Czarina Jmen (Clavigo Jmen x Contender), Rodrigo Mesquita Marinho 61st with the 15-year-old gelding Cleofas van Westuur (Toulon x Wibramino) all with 8 fouls, followed by Brazilian Bernardo Alves with 10-year-old gelding Cingdoctro (Indoctro x Hemmingway) 80th with 12 faults, opting for the retirement Colombian riders Mark Bluman, Santiago Díaz Ortega and Brazilian Matheus Correa.