The 2016-edition of CSI Eindhoven has attracted some of the world's best riders this weekend, and so far Marc Houtzager and Darragh Kenny have snatched the biggest wins at the Dutch event.
Houtzager provided a home win for the crowds in Friday's 1.50 Big Tour Provincie Noord-Brabant Prix riding the now 15-year-old Sterrehof's Uppity (Guidam x Pilot) to victory. The Dutch rider had the fastest of the three double clear rounds in this competition. "Uppity is one of the fastest horses in the world," said Houtzager after. "Still, I did not take out everything as I also want to ride him in Sunday's Grand Prix. It can go even faster, and Wout-Jan van der Schans showed that today as he was actually one second quicker."
It was on the expense of a pole though, and Van der Schans had to settle for fourth behind his compatriots Houtzager as well as Michel Hendrix on Baileys (Indoctro x Come On) who was almost a second behind on the winning time. Third place went to Italy's Lorenzo de Luca on Balou De Coeur Joye (Balou Du Rouet x Argentinus), among a top ten dominated by Dutch riders.
Thursday's 1.50 Big Tour Rabobank Prix went to Ireland's Darragh Kenny and the 9-year-old Catuso (Canto x Corrado I), who came in winning form from last week's CSI2* Aachen. Six riders were double clear in this class, with Kenny being the fastest one in the jump-off stopping the clock on 39.75 seconds. Then followed four home riders, and runner-up was Johnny Pals on Fernando (For Pleasure x Corrado I) who finished 0.06 seconds behind Kenny. Third place went to Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Arera (Indoctro x Voltaire).
Text © World of Showjumping (Translated from press release from CSI Eindhoven) // Picture © Madeleine Broek
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