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Omer Karaevli denies Kevin Jochems of home win in Tops International Arena CSI4* Grand Prix on thrilling final day showdown

Monday, 11 July 2022
CSI4* Tops International Arena 2022

Photo © Tops International Arena Omer Karaevli and Cheston de la Pomme d'Or Z flew to the top of the leader board after an exciting 10-rider jump-off in the spectacular grass arena at Tops International Arena. Photo © Tops International Arena.

 

Edited press release from Tops International Arena

 


 

Omer Karaevli (TUR) and Cheston de la Pomme d'Or Z (Chippendale Z x Contendro II) flew to the top of the leader board after an exciting 10-rider jump-off in the spectacular grass arena at Tops International Arena beating local Dutch rider Kevin Jochems by just 0.10s. 

Last to go home hero Jochems galloped flat out to the final fence on the bouncy Cornetboy (Cornet’s Stern x Colander) to stop the clock in 40.37 sec securing second place just ahead of Andres Azcarraga (MEX) and Contendros (Contendro I x Drosselklang II) who took third place on the podium today. Gregory Bodo built a testing but fair 1.55m track on the final day of the first event of the season at Tops International Arena with many top combinations taking part under the summer sun. 

After his win, Omer Karaevli explained: “I am very happy to be able to ride here at the amazing venue of Tops International Arena which has perfect footing, stables and organization.” 

Of the 46 competitors in the CSI2* Grand Prix, 14 returned in the jump-off. Mexican Andres Azcarraga set the tone with his clear round in a very fast time. He crossed the finish line with the OS mare Cloubette PS (Conthargos x Baloubet du Rouet) in 37.14 seconds. Many tried to beat this time, with Kevin Jochems and Pénélope Leprevost coming close. But then American Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) entered the arena and it was immediately clear that she was on a mission. From the start, she had a good pace with Bennys Legacy (Lupicor x Voltaire) and flew through the course to stop the clock at 35.82. A beautiful ride that was good for the victory. Azcarraga therefore finished second and Jochems was third with Shanroe Peeters (Dallas VDL x Condios).

"I couldn't have been happier with my horse. He jumped fantastic, especially in the jump-off. I think he loved it here on the beautiful grass," said a proud Adrienne. "I have a strong partnership with my horse. I have been riding him for three years now and when he is in shape he is unbelievable to ride. Normally I ride him in bigger competitions so for him it is nice to run some smaller competitions, like this 2*, for once." 



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