First FEI day of CSI5* in Geneva and the French rider adds his fourth victory in three weeks of activities. The second place went to Abdelkebir Ouaddar of Morocco and three-time world champion Eric Lamaze of Canada completed the podium in third. (Photo © CHI de Geneve)
Grand opening day in CSI5* Geneva in Switzerland with the victory of Frenchman Roger Yves Bost “Bosty”, who scored his fourth win in three weeks to score important FEI Ranking points with the 9 years old mare Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa d’Elle*HN), owned by Monsieur Francois Badel.
With a total of 50 pairs was done the Credit Suisse Grand Prix that distributed 200,300 Swiss Francs ($ 203.072), where the winner Roger Yves Bost take 130 points in the jump-off of 16 qualifiers in court designed by the duo of Swiss Gérard Lachat and Belgian Luc Musette, which ultimately would five double clear.
Setting the fastest time in 38.24 seconds, Bosty not give space to the Moroccan Abdelkebir Ouaddar and his horse Quikly of Kreisker (Diamant de Semilly x Laudanum XX), 11 year old stallion owned by Sm Le Roi Mohammed VI, who followed him in a tight 2 hundredths of a second difference and scoring slate 38.26 seconds to take second place.
The best representative of PAEC Ranking was Olympic medalist and three-time world champion Eric Lamaze of Canada with the 12 years old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklang II), owned by Artisan Farms Llc & Torrey Pines Stable, taking third place recording a time of 38.49 seconds without demolition, adding 90 points to the World Ranking.
The five most important in the Grand Prix was complete by Britain’s Ben Maher over fast 10 years old mare Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz) scoring 38.97 seconds, which made clear the parity in the fight for the top four being the difference of only 73 hundredths of a second. For the fifth represented Turkey Omer Karaevli doit the last double clear of the night with the 10 years old gelding Roso au Crosnier (Looping d’Elle x Odin Cense), owned by Kaya Didman.
Turning to the rest of the PAEC Ranking delegation and Latino Ranking with winning Ranking Points were present American rider Lauren Hough and his swift 11 years old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) ranked 8th in a jump-off in round of 4 fouls and 39.36 seconds. The Argentine Jose Maria Larocca and Cornet du Lys (Cornet Obolensky x Champion Du Lys) finished 15th with a pitch to oblivion in the final round, totaling 18 faults in 65.96 seconds.
Outside FEI ranking points the Brazilian Pedro Veniss and Ouabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate of Chivre) occupied 17th place exceeding the agreed time of the regular round and penalized with one fault in 68.15 seconds. The Colombian Daniel Bluman knocked down a pole in the regular round for 4 faults in 64.80 seconds to finished 22h with Conconcreto Apardi (Corland x Kannan).
The two top seeds of competition, the number 1 and 2 in the world Britain Scott Brash and US Kent Farrington. the last-one leader of Pan Ranking (PAEC Ranking), occupied positions at the bottom of the table, with Farrington’s best in 35th place with Willow (Guidam x Little Rock), while Brash and Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor) followed at 37th, both with 8 faults.