William Funnell of Great Britain and his horse Billy Angelo showed the way in the €25,000 VDL Stud Prize in Holland. (Photo © Archive)
British rider William Funnell set the pace in the jump-off round at €25,000 VDL Stud Prize and was credited with the victory on third day of the CSI3* Drachten.
Leading the 57 pairs third FEI event of the week on course designed by Har van de Venne, William Funnell with the 15-year-old gelding Billy Angelo (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve x Kroongraaf) owned by J Slade, were the best in the jump-off round with 7 riders classified to represent the first of four double clear round that culminated the class.
Being the time for William Funnell of 36.93 seconds, the British rider secured 50 World Ranking Points with his victory and was escorting in second place by Belgian rider Christophe Vanderhasselt next to the 12-year-old gelding Gino van de Vrunte (Jokinal From Bornival x Karioka Del Follee) in 37.81 seconds.
The Top 5 was completed by Gert Jan Bruggink of Holland in third place with the 10-year-old gelding Casparo 26 (Calato x Marome NW) in time of 38.86 seconds, while the last double clear was of Spaak Sleiderink of the Netherlands in 40.02 seconds next to 10-year-old gelding Astakkato (Stakkato x Gloster) and the best jump-off time was for another Dutchman rider with Robert Vos occupying the fifth place in 36.33 seconds, knocking down a pole with the 18-year-old gelding Carat (Cardento x Krevad).
In the Latin Ranking, Colombian rider Dayro Arroyave finished sixth, completing his jump-off in 4 fouls and 37.99 seconds to add World Ranking Points with the 10-year-old gelding Uppercut Libellule (Jarnac Sf x Papillon Rouge). Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil ranked 25th with the 11-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin) and his fellowman Eduardo Damiani Filizola ranked 39th with the 13-year-old gelding Firestone Ab (Action-Breaker x Emilion).
Turning to the Pan American Ranking, yesterday’s winner Andrew Kocher of the United States of America got World Ranking Points in ninth place, exceeding the time allowed to be penalized with 1 foul next to the 14-year-old stallion Quarto Mail (Cardento x Alligator Fontaine).