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Home win for Dominique Hendrickx in Thursday’s CSI5* 1.50m Bang & Olufsen Prize at the Brussels Stephex Masters

Thursday, 29 August 2019
CSI5* Brussels Stephex Masters 2019

Photo © Scoopdyga/Pierre Costabadie Dominique Hendrickx won Thursday’s CSI5* 1.50m Bang & Olufsen Prize at the Brussels Stephex Masters. Photo © Scoopdyga/Pierre Costabadie.


Press release from Brussel Stephex Masters



Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) made it a popular home win in Thursday’s CSI5* 1.50m Bang & Olufsen Prize. Coming off a strong summer season, Hendrickx rode the 10-year-old gelding Vintadge de La Roque (Kannan x Galoubet A) to yet another victory – this time at Brussels Stephex Masters.

“Normally he wins a class at every show,” Hendrickx smiled – referring to Vintadge de La Roque’s winning streak throughout the summer. 

Coming in as fifth to go, Hendrickx delivered a strong performance in this 1.50m competition against the clock – stopping the clock at 63.02 seconds, a time none of the other 42 riders could catch. 

“I know I have a really fast horse, he is quick from the ground,” Hendrickx commented after his win. “I had a really good distance from fence one to two, I lost a little time for the combination but all the rest was smooth and it went according to plan. The last fence you still had to jump though, it was a big fence and it was also a difficult turn to it – but we managed to get the first distance there,” he explained about his round. 

“I’m super motivated! It’s one of the nicest shows in Belgium, and Stephan does a lot for the sport – which we appreciate! It’s not always easy to get into these shows, and that is why I am so motivated to make the best out of it,” Hendrickx said.

Hendrickx left world-class riders behind him: Scott Brash (GBR) finished in second place with Hello Shelby (Stolzenberg x For Pleasure), 0.09 seconds off the winning time, while Harrie Smolders (NED) rode Cas 2 (Indoctro x Numero Uno) to third place with a time of 63.96. Zoe Conter (BEL) took the fourth place for the hosts Stephex Stables, while Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (BRA) finished fifth. 

Earlier in the afternoon, Darragh Kenny took the first five-star win of the Brussels Stephex Masters 2019 when riding Sweet Tricia (Berlin x Tampa) to victory in the CSI5* Sport Vlaanderen Prize.

Coming in as no. 16 out of the 45 in class, Kenny blazed around the second phase to stop the clock at 26.08 – going into the lead. None of the remaining riders could catch him, closest came Maikel van der Vleuten as second-last to go who rode into runner-up position with Sildouch Z (Spartacus x Nelson Z) in a time of 27.84 seconds. Best of the Belgian riders was, just like in the feature class, Dominique Hendrickx on Koriano Van Klapscheut (Lord Z x Darco) who stopped the clock at 28.44 seconds to end third. 



Meanwhile, in the Top Series, Super Cup, Prestige League & Future Stars...

Photo © Scoopdyga/Pierre Costabadie Valentin Marcotte and Kontessa Ten Braem won the Top Series CSI3* 1.45m presented by SCUDERIA 1918. Photo © Scoopdyga/Pierre Costabadie.



Highlights at the Brussels Stephex Masters the coming days include:

Photo © Stephex Exclusive Breeding Collection Photo © Stephex Exclusive Breeding Collection

The launch of the Stephex Exclusive Breeding collection, which will follow the CSI5* 1.55m Audi Prize on Friday night, Cornet d’Amour’s farewell ceremony on Saturday night after the first round of the CSI5* 1.50m Henders & Hazel Prize as well as Sunday’s tribute to the gold medal winning Belgian Team that joins us straight from the European Championships 2019 in Rotterdam.

Sunday will be an action-packed day, with sporting features such as the CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix presented by Audi worth no less than 500.000 Euro as well as the Top Series CSI3* Grand Prix presented by Meise.

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