Francois Mathy Jr. and the 13-year-old BWP gelding D’Atlantique Royale (Darco x Kannan) won Friday's feature class at CSI3* Treffen, the 1.50 Glock's Perfection Tour. The 1.50 competition over two rounds also counted as first qualification for the Glock’s 3* Grand Prix on Sunday with a prize money totalling 100,000 euros as well as giving points for the Longines Ranking.
Forty-seven top-notch duos faced the challenge and all penalty-free riders competed for victory in the decisive second round. Up to the 13th of 15 combinations, the leadership changed continuously. But then the winner of Thursday’s opening competition, Francois Mathy Jr. (BEL) delivered the absolute best time of 38.16 seconds. “My horse jumped outstanding. Since I’ll be riding him on Sunday in the Grand Prix, tomorrow he’ll have a day off,” said the likeable winner. “I’d like to thank the Gaston and Kathrin Glock family for offering such perfect conditions in a unique atmosphere. I look forward to coming back.”
The just 17-year-old great talent Sanne Thijssen (NED) came quite close to Francois’ time, just like on Thursday. With her nimble KWPN mare Warette (Casco x Guidam), having a withers height of just 1.64 m, she secured second place in 38.16 seconds. Third place went to Marc Bettinger (GER) in the saddle of Barino (Larino x N-Aldato) in a penalty-free time of 38.37 seconds.
Source: Press release from Equestrian Worldwide // Picture © Michael Rzepa
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