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The Audi Prize to Pieter Devos and Kannabis de Bucxtale at The Dutch Masters 2022

Saturday, 12 March 2022
CSI5* The Dutch Masters 2022

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ
The winning team; Kannabis van de Bucxtale, Pieter Devos and Simon Rousic. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.


Text © World of Showjumping


Saturday's highlight at The Dutch Masters 2022 in s'Hertogenbosch was the CSI5* 1.50m Audi Prize, where Belgium's Pieter Devos and Kannabis van de Bucxtale (Contact van de Heffinck x Concorde) took the top honours after an exciting jump-off between nine horse-and-rider combinations. 

Willem Greve (NED) and Highway M TN (Eldorado v. Zeshoek x Black Walter) had to settle for the runner-up position after an incredible jump-off; the two had the fastest time of the evening but unfortunately the very last fence fell. All with four faults in the jump-off, Marc Houtzager (NED) on Holy Moley (Verdi TN x Warrant) took the third place, while Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) on Bluemuch Des Baleines (Chacco-Blue x Clinton) placed fourth and Kevin Staut (FRA) on Visconti du Telman (Toulon x Dollar du Murier) fifth. 

"Kannabis is from the Peffer-family, they gave me the horse to ride last year about this time," Devos told World of Showjumping after his win in the Brabanthallen. "It is a very special horse with a special character, but he is a real trier in the ring and ultra-careful. When you go in the ring and get him relaxed, he always wants to jump clear – he has a great mentality. Outside the ring, he is truly special, he is electric, and very sensitive. I am very happy with his performance today because it was not an easy jump-off. With him, I prefer smooth jump-offs where I can leave out strides, then he is really fast, but today was only about turning, and that was not easy – but I got the good shots, and everything worked well." 

"Willem deserved to win, but as always, every jump needs to be jumped," Devos commented on Greve's second place finish after the last fence fell. "You only win after you have cleared the last fence – but I did think he had won it! I knew going in that it was a hard course for me. I decided to not watch the others and just do my own thing, and of course I must have put some pressure on Willem because he really gave it a go. That is the sport though; when you go in the beginning of a jump-off, you try to put pressure on the others and when you come after, you try to beat those ahead." 

"Tomorrow I will ride Claire, she jumped two weeks in Doha but not the Grand Prix classes there," Devos said about his plan for Sunday and the first Rolex Grand Prix of the year. "I hope she is ready. For me, when I ride at one of the Rolex Majors I always think back to my win in Calgary with Candy, that was the point where my career really got a boost," Devos reflected on his Rolex Grand Prix win in 2013. "I am very grateful for these events that give opportunities for younger riders, such as myself back then. Tomorrow, it is a few years later, but that memory is always with me."

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