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Pieter Devos wins CHI Al Shaqab Grand Prix

Sunday, 10 March 2019
CSI5* Doha 2019

Photo (c) CHI AL SHAQAB. Top three in Saturday's 1,60m class. Photo (c) CHI AL SHAQAB.

 

Press release from CHI AL SHAQAB 2019 


 

Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser crowned Pieter Devos winner of the CHI Al Shaqab Grand Prix on Saturday.

President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani crowned second placed Nicola Philippaerts, while Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, crowned third placed Emanuele Gaudiano.

Spectators were treated to a spectacular display of equestrian sport yesterday. The CSI5* 1.60m Grand Prix with a jump-off went over three difficult rounds. The top honors went to Pieter Devos (BEL), who cleared all three rounds without faults. Devos and his gelding Espoir (Surcouf de Revel x Laudanum XX), sailed through the jump-off in 42.18 seconds taking the first prize of 135,300 €.

Commenting on his win, Devos said: “We had three difficult rounds today, but they were horse-friendly and I appreciate that. My horse has been jumping well for the last two weeks. He had some good rest earlier this week and he jumped very well today. I am a very happy man.”

Qatari rider Bassem Hassan Mohammed delighted the crowd with his smooth, fluid jumping, but unfortunately had to settle for fourth place following one time fault from the first round behind Philippaerts (BEL) on H&M Chilli Willi (Casall x Lord) and Gaudiano (ITA) on Chalou (Chacco Blue x Baloubet du Rouet). 

Earlier in the day, Pius Schwizer (SUI) triumphed in the CSI5* Table C 1.45m class with a time of 58.56 seconds riding Living The Dream (Toulon x Flamenco de Semilly).

Commenting on his performance, Schwizer said: “It was a very tough competition. There were many fast riders and it was a close call, but Living The Dream was super. He is in good form and very fast. Al Shaqab is great. It is like Hollywood for me and I like participating here.”

Speaking at the closing press conference, Omar Al Mannai, Al Shaqab Commercial Director and CHI Al Shaqab 2019 Event Director, said: “"We are very happy that CHI Al Shaqab 2019 has proven to be such a success for everyone, from riders to spectators, but we're also sad in such moments because it means saying goodbye to the event and everyone involved until the next time.

"Congratulations to the winners. Unfortunately, (Qatar rider) Bassem (Mohammed) had one fault and couldn't be on the podium. Next time perhaps will be better."

Mannai also mentioned the importance of Al Shaqab's partnership with ExxonMobil, who have signed on to remain the main sponsor of CHI Al Shaqab, saying the oil and gas company "provides support to Al Shaqab across many areas, including education".

 

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