An impressive jump-off by Belgium's Jérôme Guéry and Alicante secured the victory in the prestigious 'FEI Sires of the World' in Lanaken on Friday. Guéry was on fire, also taking the third place aboard his relatively new mount Garfield de Tiji des Templiers. Switzerland's Arthur Da Silva and Inonstop van 't Voorhof settled for the silver medal in this championship for approved stallions.
Ten of some of world's best stallions qualified for the jump-off after a delicate, technical 1.50m track with three combinations and some tricky verticals. “For Alicante it was actually not such a big course, since he has jumped quite some Global Champions Tours by now. But I was happy for my other horse Garfield, since he has little experience and I only have had him for a month,” Jérôme Guéry stated afterwards.
As second to go in the jump-off, Guéry and Garfield de Tiji des Templiers (Quasimodo Z x Goldspring de Lauzelle) pulled off a fantastic round in a time of 38.51 seconds. Germany's leading rider Christian Ahlmann gave it a decent try on the Zangersheide-owned Caribis Z (Caritano x Canabis Z), but finished in 38.92 seconds – eventually the fifth place. Switzerland's Arthur Da Silva jumped a fantastic fast round aboard Inonstop van 't Voorhof (Nonstop x Fortuin Z). Although he has only ridden the AES-approved stallion for a couple of months, he took over the lead in a spectacular time of 37.94 seconds.
While Saudi-Arabia's Ramzy Al Duhami gave it a good go on Garlic van Kapelhof (Tauber van Kapelhof x Orlando) and finished on the eventual fourth place in 38.74, it was only Jérôme Guéry who would finally beat Da Silva. Riding the successful stallion Alicante (Casall x Indoctro), Guéry did everything he could to take the victory. After a spectacular round, Guéry and Alicante took home the win in 37.57 seconds.
“For me and for Alicante’s owner, this is a very important victory. Alicante is not only a sport horse, but also a breeding stallion. Many breeders have seen him jump on television, but now to see him live and winning like this is very good advertisement for him as a stallion,” Guéry stated after his victory. The Belgian rider also covered his own mares with Alicante. “I think he has everything you look for in a sport horse. He has a lot of power, he is very careful, he has a good mouth and is easy to ride. And he has got the looks, he is beautiful!”
Text © World of Showjumping by Peter van der Waaij // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson
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