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Jerome Guery and Papillon Z fly to victory in the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic

Sunday, 11 December 2016
CHI Geneva 2016

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Jerome Guery and Papillon Z en route to victory in Geneva. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Saturday night in Geneva ended with Jerome Guery taking the win in the 1.55m Credit Suisse Geneva Classic. It was a class against the clock and a competition that was very important for some riders, since it was their last chance to qualify for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday.

The course consisted of 12 fences and 15 efforts with the a-element at the vertical-vertical combination set as no. three getting the most faults. Also no. five and no. nine – the Bory wall and the Geneva plank – caused some headache with several horses getting spooky. In the end eleven combinations cleared the course out of the 52 starting.

Jerome Guery (BEL) finished his round in 58.29 seconds, but even though he was clear he gave the ring crew a lot of problems as Papillon Z (Perhaps v.Berkenbroeck x San Patrignano Cassini) twisted over the Geneva plank (the fence on the photo) knocking down the top decoration on the fence. It took a lot of time and a lot of people getting the decoration back on, but the audience got a good laugh.

It was four riders within less than a second of each other, with home rider Romain Duguet taking the runner-up position riding Twentytwo des Biches (Mylord Carthago x Kalor du Bocage). Third place went to Lorenzo de Lua (ITA) with Limestone Grey and fourth place to Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) with Carusso LS La Silla (Montebello x Joost). 


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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