Belgian Wilm Vermeir completed a good weekend by taking two good victories including the Grand Prix at CSI5* St. Mortiz in Switzerland. (Photo © Longines CSI St. Moritz)
Belgian rider Wilm Vermeir take the most important victory of the week by dominating the Longines Grand Prix of St. Moritz.
After yesterday’s class winning, Wilm Vermeir simply completed a perfect weekend, now securing 130 World Ranking Points with his today’s result, being the first of four double clear round.
Presenting with the 9-year-old gelding Iq van het Steentje (Toulon x Kannan) owned by Bert Vermeir, Wilm Vermeir stopped the clock in 36.72 seconds to beat Britain’s Robert Whitaker and his 14-year-old gelding Catwalk IV (Colman x Corleone) in time of 38.20 seconds.
The last two double clear round went to Switzerland’s Alain Jufer in third place alongside 9-year-old gelding Rahmannshof Tic Tac (Contact van de Heffinck x Fire du Prelet) in 38.62 seconds and Bronislav Chudyba of Slovakia with the 10-year-old mare Zapria (Colman x Landlord) recorded a very slow round of 47.16 seconds.
The best time of the jump-off was for the previous class winner Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium in 35.38 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding H&M Harley v. Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado), but finished with 4 fouls in fifth place.
For the Pan American Ranking two of its representatives were able to add World Ranking Points with Katherine Dinan of the United States occupying the eighth place next to the 12-year-old gelding Dougie Douglas (Ard Vdl Douglas x High Roller) in a jump-off round of 4 fouls and 38.31 seconds. US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut and her 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge) exceeded the time allowed of the regular round and were penalized with 1 foul in tenth place.