Belgian rider Pieter Devos easily dominated the tiebreaking round against Italian Alberto Zorzi. Carlos López from Colombia best Latin in fifth place. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Belgian rider Pieter Devos started with his victory at the first FEI event of the Longines Global Champions Tour Paris Eiffel Jumping and valid as the first competition of the Global Champions League too.
Being a class with the participation of 54 pairs on course designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzani, only 8 rider would get their pass to the jump-off with the Eiffel Tower in the background, to mark the first of three double clear rounds in an unbeatable time of 36.15 seconds to Pieter Devos, who appeared with the 12-year-old gelding Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) owned by Devos Stables and added 80 World Ranking Points.
Featuring just his third LGCT victory for Pieter Devos, he was now the first 2017 win to overcome with clear advantage, the Grand Prix Monaco’s winner Alberto Zorzi of Italy. For Zorzi performing alongside with 10-year-old stallion Cinsey (Contendro I x For Pleasure), they completed their tiebreaker in 38.72 seconds and third place was Christian Kukuk of Germany, recorded the last double clear round in 39.15 seconds with the 10-year-old stallion Limonchello NT (Lord Caletto x Calido I).
Passing to the Latino Ranking and Pan American Ranking, Colombian rider Carlos López finished in fifth place, sadly taking down a pole on his round with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) owned by S.A.S. Haras Des Grillons in time of 44.35 seconds, adding 50 FEI Ranking Points. US rider Audrey Coulter finished in 9th place with the 12-year-old stallion Capital Colnardo (Colman x Coronado) exceeding the time allowed by 1 foul in 84.08 seconds.
Out of the points were American riders Georgina Bloomberg in 18th place, Jennifer Gates 29th, Jack Towell was 30th, Lauren Hough finished 36th, Laura Kraut in 41st, Eduardo Menezes of Brazil 45th and Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade was 53th.
The best seed of the class was World Number 2 Daniel Deusser from Germany, finished 39th with total of 9 fouls along with the 13-year-old mare Equita van T Zorgvliet (Cassini I x Darco) owned by Stephex Stables.