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The CSI4*-W of El Jadida begins under the Belgian colours

Saturday, 20 October 2018
CSI4*-W El Jadida 2018

Photo (c) Agence R&B Presse. Jérome Guéry won Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in El Jadida. Photo (c) Agence R&B Presse.

The first class of the CSI4*-W of El Jadida, the third and last leg of the Morocco Royal Tour, was won by the Belgian rider Dominique Hendrickx. The second day of competition celebrated once more the Belgian riders in two different classes designed by Uliano Vezzani. In the Price of Ministère de l’Agriculture, a 1,40m class in two phases, Virginie Thonon – winner of the 2017 El Jadida Grand Prix – seized the top prize whereas Jérome Guéry took both first and third place in the 1,45m Grand Prix qualifier. 

The Grand Prix qualifier, a Table A against the clock, was a real race against the clock. Jérôme Guéry found his own rhythm at the beginning of the class, finishing in 62,10 seconds aboard Celvin. None of Guéry’s competitors managed to catch up with him until the champion himself entered the arena with his second horse: Jelly Belly van het Eikenhof, to stop the clock at 61,45 seconds to maintain his lead until the end of the class. 

“I was not planning to be the fastest with Celvin, as he will jump the Grand Prix on Sunday. I wanted to ride this course forward and to take the options. He is naturally a fast horse, and, in my opinion, I did a better round with him because I was not looking for speed. With Jelly, the goal was clearly the victory. I followed my plan, even though I already was in the leading position when I enter the arena with her. With Jelly, I really felt to be a lot faster, even though the difference was extremely thin between my two horses. I am delighted with both my horses, the goal was achieved, and I hope the weekend will continue the way it started,” said the Belgian rider. 

The German rider Marcel Marshall, only 27-years-old, manage the extraordinary to catch up with Guéry – sneaking in between his two times with Crystal 17.


Press release from Agence R&B Presse

Photo © Agence R&B Presse

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