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Steve Guerdat and Corbinian win again in the Prize Energochemica at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Slovakia

Saturday, 28 April 2018
CSIO5* Samorin 2018

Photo (c) x-bionic® sphere /Marco Villanti Steve Guerdat and Corbinian won Saturday's Prize Energochemica in Samorin. Photo (c) x-bionic® sphere /Marco Villanti.

Red-hot partners Steve Guerdat and Corbinian (Coronet Obolensky x Pilot) rode to the head of the class for Switzerland in Saturday's CSIO5* €30,000 Prize Energochemica during the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Slovakia. It’s the second win of the week at x-bionic® sphere for the pair, who also topped the podium in Thursday’s CSIO5* Prize Coca-Cola.

Forty-one riders attempted the 1.50m track designed by Uliano Vezzani, with 11 returning for what would become a hotly contested jump-off round. The course was marked by a quick first turn, a rollback to jump six and a long gallop to the final fence. In the end, Guerdat’s time of 38.74 seconds proved just enough to best Ireland’s Michael Duffy and the 9-year-old Belgian mare Jule Van Den Tinnenpot (Calvaro x Major de la Cour) at 38.92. Third place went to Great Britain’s Samuel Hutton aboard Happydam (Quidam de Revel x Narcos II) in 39.18 seconds.

Guerdat and the 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, who together won the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in 2016, returned to international competition in November after Corbinian suffered an injury last summer.

Earlier in the day, spectators at the Main Stadium watched as Belgium’s Wilm Vermeir and Gentiane de La Pomme (Shindler de Muze x Diamant de Semilly) sped to victory in the Prize Gordana Glass, besting a field of 42. Vermeir finished just ahead of Friday’s Longines Grand Prix winner, Philipp Weishaupt on Lasse K (Le Carolus x Zapateado).

The weekend’s main event, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Slovakia, takes place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. CEST.

 


Source: Press release from the x-bionic® sphere // Picture © x-bionic® sphere/Filippo Gabutti

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