Jordan Kilkenny wins Prestige League CSI1* Grand Prix
Ireland’s Jordan Kilkenny and Florida Van Maarle (Diarado x Kashmir Van Schuttershof) won Saturday’s Prestige League CSI1* 1.30m Grand Prix presented by BHV after being in a league of their own in the jump-off.
“Michael Kelly and Cian O'Connor gave me a very particular plan,” Kilkenny told after outclassing his competitors. “From the start, we decided the numbers we were going to do and my plan was just to be as tidy and fast as I could. It paid off today. My horse is a super 9-year-old and she is owned by the Pohl-family. They were very generous to give me the opportunity to come and compete at this magnificent show. This is my first time here at this venue and I am over the moon. Stephex is next to none to make this show one of the best. They have done everything they can!”
Belgium’s own Koen De Waele and Hilfiger Van T Amaldonk Z (Horion de Libersart x Casall) finished second, ahead of USA’s Alex Crown and Von Cim (Levisto x Carthago Z) in third.
Saturday's first class in the Plage M'as Tu Vu was the Prestige League CSI1* 1.30m McAlson Prize. Great Britain’s Eleanor Hall McAteer picked up another win, topping the standings with Unex Handyman (Heartbreaker x Cardento) with a time of 33.01 seconds. Belgium’s Kris Christiaens on Mojito Van Overs (Inshallah de Muze x Darco) got the closest, taking the second spot with a time of 35.61s. Christiaens’ compatriot Hervé Lange on Griet (Bugatti VDL x Bustron) took the third place with a time of 36.49s.
The last Prestige League competition of the day was the 1.10 Digitec Prize, that had three Belgian riders on top: Laura Martin finished first, Stephanie de Corte second and Charlotte Peeters third.
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