This morning Bart Bles won the 1,45 meter Fairchild Prize at CHIO5* Rotterdam. Riding Grenoble DN (v. Guillard de la Pomme) we went around quickest in the Table A against the clock. Bles stopped the clock at 78,02 seconds, being over a second quicker then Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and the nine-year-old grey stallion Zuccero (v. Zirocco Blue VDL) finishing in 79,47 seconds. Third place was for Jordanian rider Ibrahim Hani Bisharat and the KWPN-mare Henriette (v. Diamant de Semilly), who finished with two time faults.
Peder Fredericson jumped to the fourth place with the chestnut mare Thelma Hastak (v. Heartbeat) and fifth went to the German Daniel Deusser and Kiana van het Herdershof, a Toulon-mare out of a Lys De Darmen-mother.
Deusser wins Rotterdam Topsport Prize
A little while later forty-four combinations took the challenge in the €52.000,- Rotterdam Topsport Prize over 1,50 meter. In the jump-off Daniel Deusser was quickest, riding the Holsteiner-gelding Casallvano (v. Casall). Kevin Staut jumped to second place with the black gelding Blackonda (v. Kannan), finishing the jump-off in 37,24 seconds – just 0,09 seconds shy of Deusser. In the saddle of Cochella (v. Cartani 4) Swedish rider Angelie von Essen ended in third place after a clear round in 38,20 seconds.
Fourth place went to McLain Ward from the USA, riding Kasper van het Hellehof (v. Emerald) and Beat Mändli ended in place five with Dsarie (v. Veron). Another placing in this class for Ibrahim Hani Bisharat: he jumped to sixth place riding the ten-year-old bay gelding Blushing (v. Epsom Gesmeray).
With the jumping done for today, we’re getting ourselves ready for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup of The Netherlands Grand Prix Special starting at 16:30, followed by the Freestyle at 19:00.