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Leopold van Asten makes the roof lift at Indoor Brabant with home win in the Rolex Grand Prix

Sunday, 12 March 2017
CSI5* Indoor Brabant 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Leopold van Asten, VDL Groep Zidane N.O.P. and owner Wim van der Leegte celebrate their win in the Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The CSI5* event Indoor Brabant in 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) could not have had a happier ending as three Dutch riders completed the podium in the Rolex Grand Prix worth 375,000 Euro. 

Course designer Louis Konickx (NED) had set a challenging track for the first round; out of the 40 riders only seven cleared their way to the jump-off. 

The shortened jump-off track started with a vertical, followed by a massive Rolex over before the riders turned left to another oxer. The riders were then challenged to turn right to a vertical, followed by a very delicate double. Then there was a left hand turn to a massive oxer followed by a four stride distance to an airy vertical before a gallop to the last Rolex upright. 

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Wout-Jan van der Schans and Capetown finished second.

First out in the jump-off was Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) on the 14-year-old gelding Capetown (Oklund x Carlino), who looked confident – going for the win in front of their home crowd. Van der Schans left the crowds on the edge of their seats with his fast finish, setting the time to beat at 40,51 seconds.

Next to go in the jump-off was Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) on the 13-year-old gelding Ensor de Litrange LXII (Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue), who went on cool and collected, sadly having one down on the third last fence – ending with four faults in a time of 39,75 seconds and placing fourth in the end. Bertram Allen (IRL) on the 10-year-old stallion Hector van d'Adbijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck) was third to go in the jump-off. With his mentor Marcus Ehning keeping a close eye on his performance, the young Irish talent turned very tight to the fence number three – having it down as the very flashy stallion kicked back over the fence. 

The fourth man out was Marc Houtzager (NED) on the 10-year-old gelding Sterrehof's Calimero (Quidam de Revel x Achill), fresh and confident after their win in Friday's main class. The pair did another impressive clear round, stopping the clocks at  41,11 seconds and slotting in right behind their compatriot Van der Schans.

Then there was time for another home hero: Leopold van Asten (NED) on the 13-year-old gelding VDL Groep Zidane N.O.P. (Heartbreaker x Calando I). The pair turned tighter than anyone else and raced to the last fence, taking over the lead with their time of 39,29 seconds and getting a well deserved standing ovation from the fantastic Dutch crowds. 

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Marc Houtzager with Sterrehof's Calimero took the third place.

None of those to come could do anything about Van Asten. Ranked number eight on the Longines Ranking, Kevin Staut (FRA) on the 16-year-old gelding Reveur de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Senses) was second last to go in the jump-off but had an oxer down in a time of 39,95 seconds. Simon Delestre (FRA) went last out on the 12-year-old gelding Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto 4), but gathered eight faults – leaving a fully seated Brabanthallen to celebrate their three home heroes Van Asten, Van der Schans and Houtzager.

Text © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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