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San Patrignano: Belgium strikes again

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Nicola Phillippaerts with Fons van T Geyzeven. Photo by ©Paolo Biroldi.Autogrill is the sponsor of the opening young horse class that launched the second day of competition at San Patrignano's CSI5*. After two wins yesterday, the Belgian national anthem played again in the Community's competition arena today. The two round class for seven year olds with fences at 1.35-1.40m had sixteen horse and rider teams at the starting gate. The victory went to Nicola Phillippaerts on Fons van T Geyzeven bay gelding by Obourg, jumping two clean rounds and 28.68" in the jump off. Second place also went to Belgium, specifically to current World Champion Philippe Le Jeune riding Auxerre, a son of Vancouver with two clears and 32.22". Young German rider Katrin Eckermann on Olivia La Sweet placed third. The twenty two year old member of the winning European Young Riders team and an individual silver medalist at the same event in 2010, had a knock down in the jump off but had such a quick time with 29.90" that she reserved her place on the podium.

The highest placed Italian was Army Colonel Simone Coata on Italian bred Quite Beauty. In the Mapei prize, the last class of yesterday's competition, which ended around eleven thirty in the evening, Ireland's Conor Swail rode to a win on KWPN Lansdowe. They bested forty two other horse and rider teams with a double clear and 38.27". Behind him was Germany's Max Kühner on Coeur de Lion 14, just over a second behind (39.3"). Third place went to Dutch legend  Jeroen Dubbeldam on Bmc Quality Time Tn, double clear and 39.26". The highest placed Italian in this class was national champ Natale Chiaudani on  Fixdesign Almero 12, sixth with a time of  40.02".

Top Three:

1)    Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) Fons Van T Geyzeven (28:68)
2)    Philippe Lejeune (BEL) Auxerre (32:22)
3)    Katrin Eckermann (GER) Olivia La Sweet (29:20)

Source: Press release from San Patrignano Press Office

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