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Steve Guerdat and Alamo win the CSI5* Grand Prix at Waregem Horse Week

Sunday, 29 September 2019
CSI5* Waregem Horse Week 2019

Photo © Equ.Media / Waregem Horse Week. Steve Guerdat with Alamo. Photo © Equ.Media / Waregem Horse Week.


From press release by Waregem Horse Week



World no. one Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Alamo (Ukato x Equador) won the CSI5* Grand Prix Memorial Johan Dejager presented by Land Rover at Waregem Horse Week. 

The riders got to jump a very difficult course, and only seven managed to keep the zero on the score board in the initial round. 

Yves Vanderhasselt (BEL) was the first rider to enter the ring for the jump-off. With Jeunesse (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x Quasimodo vd Molendreef), he jumped a clear round in 43.62 seconds. Eventually, Vanderhasselt became the best Belgian rider in fourth place. Gilles Thomas (BEL) was the second rider for the jump-off, and aboard Konak (Nabab de Reve x Cash) he jumped a fast round but finished on four faults. This would result in a fifth place for this young Belgian combination. The next rider to enter the ring against the clock was James Wilson (GBR), but also he had to settle for a rail down. 

As next to go, Max Kühner (AUT) and Elektric Blue P (Eldorado vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure) went all in and managed to take over the lead in 41,54 seconds. However, Steve Guerdat and Alamo managed to shave off three seconds on the leading time. 

With only two to go — Denis Lynch (IRL) and Jérôme Guery (BEL) — Guerdat was guaranteed a place on the podium, the question was if it would be good enough for the win. Lynch gave it a good shot aboard Ruben LS La Silla (Rebozo Ls La Silla x Cash) to jump a clear round, but in the end his time of 38,26 seconds wasn't enough to take the victory and the Irish rider slotted into runner-up position. And when Guery and Quel Homme de Hus (Quidam de Revel x Candillo) had a rail down, the victory was Guerdat’s.

"Alamo felt really great today,” Guerdat said. “Although the weather wasn't the best during the jump-off, Alamo did fight strong for this victory. I really enjoyed the competition here in Waregem. I’m happy to come back again...”

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