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Pieter Devos wins 1.50m presented by Oddo at LGCT Paris

Friday, 30 June 2017
CSI5* LGCT Paris 2017

Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT. Pieter Devos and Apart. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.

Belgium’s Pieter Devos and Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) blazed the way in Friday afternoon’s CSI5* 1.50m class presented by Oddo, as the Eiffel Tower provided the backdrop to the first day of competition on the Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping.

The eight riding the jump-off had the crowds on the edge of their seats, with the pair taking the lion’s share of the 62,000 euros prize money in the high octane competition in the French capital. Speaking after his exhilarating round, a delighted Pieter said: “I did my own plan and I’m happy. This is an amazing place to jump, it’s a really fantastic show.”

Clears came throughout however, with Simon Delestre (FRA) leading the field to the jump-off. Jerome Guery (BEL) and Harrie Smolders (NED) however elected not to compete in order that their horses were as rested as much possible for the big day of competition tomorrow. 

The jump-off provided a very fast course with plenty of ground to cover. Home hero Delestre was first out the starting gate, setting off at a pace to reach the first fence in five strides. But the speed proved costly, as Delestre recorded eight faults. 

Alberto Zorzi (ITA) was next out on Cinsey (Contendro I x For Pleasure) and kept up his pace throughout, landing a solid second with a clear in 38.72 time. Christian Kukuk (GER) and Limonchello NT (Lord Caletto x Calido I) kept his turns as tight as possible finishing on 39.15 making it a third place.

Carlos Lopez (COL) and Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) are a very competitive and fast combination, but knocked a pole on the vertical by the VIP hospitality this time around. 

Pieter Devos entered the arena on Apart, again galloping to the first in five strides. The pair lost ground in the turn as the top Belgian rider lost grip of the reins, however picked up the pace making up the time at the vertical to come in clear and well ahead of the field with a time of 36.15s. 

The final rider in the jump-off was Peder Fredricson (SWE) on H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados) who kept a neat round together. The pair were a little behind at the oxer, and the crowd groaned as the duo knocked the final fence; finishing up in fourth with a time of 37.81s.


Source: Press release from LGCT / Picture © Stefano Grasso/LGCT

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