Travel flawless jump-off to prove the most important victory of 2015 by the Swiss and first FEI event since 2012 with the exemplary Nino des Buissonnets. Eric Lamaze third, Kent Farrington fourth, Pedro Veniss eighth. (Photo © Revolution Sports)
With a total of 40 pairs participants developed the Grand Prix Rolex in Geneva CSI5* and a welcome surprise for the audience that packed the stage where they enjoyed their superstar Steve Guerdat number 17 of the world in leading plan.
For the jump-off 16 classified with Guerdat at the head of the final table in the company of 14-years old gelding Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II), had to wait for the round of US Kent Farrington as penultimate and last in pass, then to mark an unbeatable 40.94 seconds in clear round, meaning his best result of the year with 150 points for the World Ranking and 396,000 Swiss francs for first place to Steve.
The second and only apart by 3 hundredths of a second, the French Simon Deletres, world No. 4 little lacked to realize what has been four consecutive weeks of domination by French riders in the most important events in Europe, but Steve would change history, leaving Delestre with the desire to stop the clock at 40.97 seconds with the stallion Qlassic Bois Margot (l’Arc de Triomphe x Galoubet A).
The fierce battle continued with two of the greats of world equestrian and best representatives were PAEC Ranking as Olympic medalist and three-time world champion Eric Lamaze of Canada and Kent Farrington number 2 in the world at the present time. Lamaze meant for excellent results with his 12-years old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) reported that 115 World ranking points to complete their field in 41.45 seconds, while Farrington last completed pass to tie around in 41.47 seconds, just two hundredths of a second at the top of the third with Voyeur (Tolano Van’t Riethof x Goodwill), winning combination of IJRC Top 10 Final in its 15th edition last Friday.
To close the top five Italian Emanuele Guadiana and Admara (Padinus x Murano) recorded a time of 42.01 seconds, meaning the fifth double clear of the night a total of eight that would finish in the Grand Prix.
Important figures were within ranking points as Sweden Rolf-Göran Bengtsson were in sixth, seventh Luciana Diniz of Portugal and the German Christian Ahlmann and Marcus Ehning in the ninth and tenth place. Not so lucky this week ran the world number one Scott Brash who finished in 20th with Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo van de Molendreef x Nabab de Reve).
By the most prominent Latino was the Brazilian Pedro Veniss who is dangerously close to second in the Latino Ranking, where he is third in the present time and specifying the last double clear at night in a formidable jump-off for a strong finish in eighth place with Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate of Chivre). Outside the points Colombian Daniel Bluman said goodbye in the regular round with 8 faults to the post 28th. The Argentine Jose Maria Larocca finished with 13 fouls in 35th, while the PAEC Ranking Reed Kessler had good points at the end in 11th and Lauren Hough stood in front of Bluman in place 27th.