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Gregory Wathelet victorious at Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show

Friday, 06 June 2014

A happy Gregory Wathelet on Riesling du Monselet in Saint-Tropez. Photo by World of Showjumping.In Friday's only five class at the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, it was Belgium's Gregory Wathelet that was the best riding Riesling du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Laeken). Wathelet was one of nine riders going clear over the first round thirteen fence 1.50 track set by Louis Koninckx, and with fast names in the jump-off such as Hansi Dreher and Penelope Leprevost is was bound to be a race.

And it was Hansi Dreher that set the target as first to go on Embassy II (Silvio I x Escudo I) – being blistering fast around the shortened track with a great turn to the third last vertical before he raced down to the penultimate oxer and turning on a coin to go flat out to the final vertical. The time was good; 37.47. They all tried, but it was not until Gregory Wathelet came in as third last to go that somebody managed to do anything with the time – but Greg chased every fraction on the thirteen year old stallion managing to shave the time down to 36.63 seconds. Third in the class was another Belgian rider; Jos Lansink on Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde) 0.10 seconds behind Hansi's time.

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