Belgian rider Wilm Vermeir led the tiebreaker to surpass US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut by more than 1 second. (Photo © Longines CSI St. Moritz)
The third day of CSI5* St. Moritz in Switzerland, featured the Belgian rider Wilm Vermeir winning the Piz Bernina Prize.
A total of 38 pairs animated the course designed by Swiss Guido Balsiger, deciding the actions in the tiebreaker Wilm Vermeir of Belgium and his 11-year-old mare Gentiane de la Pomme (Shindler de Muze x Diamant de Semilly), recording a time of 35.71 seconds.
After completing a productive July month with three FEI victories, today Wilm Vermeir took the first win of August and 50 World Ranking Points, beating US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut, who finished her run in 36.74 seconds with the 10-year-old stallion Viper Vrombautshoeve Z (Verdi) to be the most outstanding by the Pan American Ranking, getting 45 World Ranking Poinst.
For third place the Dutch Wout-Jan van der Schans finished in 37.16 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Capetown (Oklund x Carlino), being escorted to complete the Top 5 by the house riders Alain Jufer with the 9-year-old mare Cytise de la Fontaine (Calvaro x Bayard d’Elle*ecolit) in 37.68 seconds and Edwin Smits in fifth place with the 9-year-old stallion Pikelot von Hof CH (Hrh Pik Ayolo x Cernunnus von Hof) in 37.89 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Mexican rider Gerardo Pasquel Mendez completed his clear jump-off round in 40.93 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Mighty Mouse (Quartz Adelheid Z x Codexco), to finish in tenth place.