Jerome Guery has won the CSI5* GP of Knokke Hippique!
The Belgians concluded the first edition of Knokke Hippique victorious. Also the second Porsche was won by a rider of the home country. Jerome Guery beat Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands in the CSI5* Porsche Grand Prix of Knokke Hippique. Two Belgian horses topped the main class of this top level show with Papillon Z (Perhaps) on number one and Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly) on two. Michael Whitaker (Viking), who had to go early, ended up in third spot. Belgian not only won, but also finished in fourth place with Constant Van Paesschen (Citizenguard Taalex). Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat makes the top five complete. Could this even come to an end in a nicer way?
Jerome Guery: “It was an amazing victory. Michael was so fast in the jump off that I didn’t believe it was possible to go faster. I took a lot of risk in the last line, but I pushed and won. It is unbelievable.”
Harrie Smolders missed the Porsche but takes home 82.000 euro for his second place. "Jerôme is a fast guy to drive a fast Porsche."
Michael Withaker granted the first and seond place to the youth. As second to start in the jump off he knew a victory would not be easy. "At my age…", he smiled.
Stephan Conter thanked all riders, sponsors, visitors and the crew of Knokke Hippique for making such an unbelievable first edition of this event. He added that together with Paul Gheysens he has even bigger plans for the next year with Knokke Hippique.