The UB Grand Prix in Helsinki on Saturday afternoon was full of speed and excitement, and in the end it was Gregory Wathelet and Papillon Z (Perhaps x Cassini I) who ended on top. In all, there were 48 riders on the starting list, including many of Europe’s top-ranking riders. The course was quite technical and required accuracy in choosing the correct approach, and it was the triple combination towards the end of the course that caused trouble for the horses and riders.
As many as seventeen riders got a clear round and continued to the jump-off. The quickest of them this time, and the winner of UB Grand Prix was Gregory Wathelet on Papillion Z from Belgium with zero faults and 39.04 seconds. Marko Kutscher on Cornet’s Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) from Germany came second and third place went to Shane Breen on Balloon (Balou du Rouet x Landcapitol) from Ireland. Maiju Mallat was the best Finnish rider but sadly took down the last obstacle and was not placed.
The Belgian champion Gregory Wathelet commented on his fast ride: “The course was quite demanding at GP heights 1.60 m. On the other day of the competition I took all the risks as there was a fast rider behind me, which paid off. I have a relatively new horse who is improving all the time.”
Source: Press release from Helsinki Horse Show
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