Wilm Vermeir of Belgium beat his compatriot Jerome Guery by 1 hundredths of a second, thus starting the home riders with a one-two. Laura Kraut of United States third. (Photo © Scoopdyga)
Great beginning for the 2017 CSI 5* Knokke Hippique, when two of the top home riders, defined the speed class presented by Silverspoon occupying one-two with Wilm Vermeir being the winner with a 1-hundredths of a second advantage.
The list which had 37 pairs for the course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, had a very exciting end led by the Belgian rider Wilm Vermeir and his 11-year-old mare Gentiane de La Pomme (Shindler de Muze x Diamant de Semilly) owned by Stal De Ridder Marcel, to stop the clock in 64.56 seconds and take 50 World Ranking Points in a class that distributed €30,000 among the top 12 classified.
For the second place Jerome Guery was 1 hundredth of a second slower in 64.57 seconds, accompanied by the 15-year-old stallion Papillon Z (Perhaps V Berkenbroeck x San Patrignano Cassini), with which the first class was of total Belgian dominion. In the third place and representing the Pan American Ranking world number 17 Laura Kraut, she got a time of 65.99 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact ME x Cambridge) in order to take 40 FEI Ranking Points.
The Top 5 was completed by Frenchman Philippe Rozier in fourth place, getting a time of 66.37 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Rever de Kergane (Hornet Rose x Elan de La Cour) and fifth place Michael Whitaker of Great Britain, recorded 66.92 seconds in his tour accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Gentlemen vh Veldhof (Quite Easy I x Warm I).
For the Latino Ranking Colombian rider Dayro Arroyave participated with the 9-year-old gelding Uppercut Libellule (Jarnac SF x Papillon Rouge), demolishing a pole and totaling 4 faults in 70.62 seconds to finish in the 20th position.
The best seeds for the start of CSI 5* Knokke in Belgium were the world number 3 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, completing his course in 5 fouls occupied the 28th place alongside the 8-year-old mare Jeunesse Van T Paradijs (Emerald Van’ T Ruytershof x Heartbreaker) and world number 5 Daniel Dresser from Germany, escorted him in the 29th place with 6 fouls alongside 10-year-old gelding Sx Hidalgo VG (Quadrillo x Andiamo).