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Belgium concludes 8th edition of Morocco Royal Tour with World Cup victory for Virginie Thonon

Monday, 23 October 2017
CSI3*-W El Jadida 2017

Photo (c) MRT/J.Rodrigues Belgium's Virginie Thonon won the World Cup in El Jadida. Photo (c) MRT/J.Rodrigues.

The crowds at the Salon du Cheval d’El Jadida witnessed great sport on Sunday afternoon on the ultimate day of the Morocco Royal Tour’s eighth edition, as Belgium’s Virginie Thonon went to the top in the CSI3*-W Grand Prix of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI.

Uliano Vezzani had designed a course that appeared smooth, but that revealed technical and challenging questions as the class progressed. In the end, only six riders produced clear rounds.

The list for the second round included Pius Schwizer (SUI), Alain Jufer (SUI), Nicolas Deseuzes (FRA), Karim Elzoghby (EGY), Nadja Peter-Steiner (SUI) and Simon Delestre (FRA), so the competition was hard. However, all of them took a pole or more down, playing with speed and surprising angles, except for Belgium Virginie Thonon who produced the only double clear of this 1.40-1.60m World Cup class counting for the Arab League.

After three weeks at the tour, the victory was a good reward for the young combination Thonon forms with High Tech Vy de Septon (Del Piero P&B x Chellano Z): “I was a bit unlucky during the three weeks of the circuit. I always had a silly four faults with this horse unfortunately. It’s quite unlikely that I would be the only double clear today! Besides, it’s my first win in a 3* Grand Prix, just like it’s his. I’m very happy!”

Pius Schwizer had an unlucky pole with Balou Rubin R (Balou du Rouet x Couleur-Rubin) and had to settle for second place, although he leaves Morocco with top results just like Bassem Mohammed (QAT) and Simon Delestre who were third and fourth in the Grand Prix.


Source: Press release from Morocco Royal Tour // Picture © MRT/J.Rodrigues

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