Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat got a comfortable lead for his two rounds, ending the Italian Grand Prix with 10-year-old Hannah. (Photo © Horses Riviera Resort)
Olympic medalist and World Cup Final winner Steve Guerdat of Switzerland won a comfortable lead during the CSI 3* Grand Prix LR4 H.150 in San Giovanni, Italy, to add 50 World Ranking points, after completing his two Perfect rounds in 53.44 seconds.
Presenting with 10-year-old mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof) owned by José Salgado Negrette, Guerdat kept a close distance of 3 seconds to his closest follower, fellowmen Edwin Smits who finished second at 56.29 seconds with 12-year-old gelding Rouge Pierreville (Ultimo van Ter Moude x Narcos II). They were the four competitors who achieved the two rounds clear, being the third place for Kamil Papousek of the Czech Republic in 56.97 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Centisimo (Centadel x Stakkato) and in fourth position was the Italian Filippo Marco Bologna in 57.12 seconds with 14-year-old mare Fixdesign Chopin (Quantum x Coordino 2).
For Steve Guerdat, number 11 in the world and the best seed of the competition, today’s result represented the second victory of 2017, but first that he gets along with the mare he has been riding since the beginning of the year.