Top Series: Belgium’s Wilm Vermeir victorious in Thursday’s Grand Prix qualifier presented by TAO
Wilm Vermeir (BEL) secured a home win in Thursday evening’s CSI3* Top Series Grand Prix qualifier presented by TAO. Riding the 12-year-old mare Gentiane de La Pomme (Shindler de Muze x Diamant de Semilly), Vermeir took an early lead with his time of 62.71 seconds and held on to it until the very end.
“Gentiane de La Pomme wins a lot of these classes, she also won a five-star speed class here last year,” Vermeir said. “She had a break now for three weeks, and was not actually supposed to come here but another horse could not go so this result was super. I was early on in the class, and it’s quite special then to keep the lead the whole way until start no. 82 was finished!”
“It’s really amazing to have an event like this here in Belgium,” Vermeir continued. “I think it is quite difficult to organize shows in the first place, so to do it in this way is really fantastic. For us as riders it is unbelievable to compete here!”
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) took care of the second place, much to the joy of the hosts – clocking the time of 64.69 in this 1.45m speed class aboard J’Adore van het Schaeck (Vagabond de La Pomme x Darco). Third place went to Christian Ahlmann (GER) on Cornwell 9 (Cornado Nrw x Grossadmiral) in 65.95 seconds, followed by three more of his compatriots on the result list.
Earlier in the day, Clement Boulanger (FRA) took the victory in the 1.40m Table A against the clock presented by RITUALS. Riding the 9-year-old mare Vaya de Lacke (Spotlight Z x Alligator Fontaine) to a time of 63.87 seconds, the French rider secured the win ahead of the host nation’s Thibault Philippaerts on Jaimi Van Dorperheide (Winningmood x Cascavelle) and Gilles Detry on Catwalk Capone (Upsilon van de Heffinck x Brett Saint Clair) with times of 64.20 and 64.72 respectively.
In the morning, the Top Series was kicked off with a win for Charlotte Bettendorf (LUX). Aboard the 12-year-old mare Salta de Cartigny (Zandor Z x Caprice d'Elle II), Bettendorf signed the winning round in this 1.35m two phase class presented by KETTERER with a time of 29.65 seconds to take the top honours.
Patrick Mc Entee (AZE) followed in runner-up position with Alice Mury Marais Z (Air Jordan Z x Calvin Z) in a time of 29.79 in the second phase, while third place went to Hendrik Denutte (BEL) who was best for the hosts riding Dulora (Quaprice Bois Margot x Heartbreaker) to a time of 30.43 seconds.
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