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Bruynseels best in the CSI5*-W 1.50m Sport Vlaanderen Grand Prix in Mechelen

Monday, 30 December 2019
CSI5*-W Jumping Mechelen 2019

Photo © Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping. Niels Bruynseels with Delux van T&L. Photo © Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.


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Sunday's highlight at CSI5*-W Mechelen (BEL) was the 1.50m Sport Vlaanderen Grand Prix. A total of 41 horse-and-rider combinations lined up for the challenge set by Eddy Geysemans (BEL), 14 of them clearing the first-round track that consisted of 13 obstacles and 16 efforts. 

In the end, fortune favoured the brave and it was Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on the 10-year-old SBS gelding Delux van T&L (Toulon x Landetto) who took home the win with a time of 34.66 seconds in the jump-off. Julien Epaillard (FRA) on the 12-year-old SF mare Toupie de la Roque (Kannan x Nabab de Reve) got extremely close though, stopping the clocks on 34.71. "I think I took more risk to the combination than Julien, I think that made the difference," Niels commented afterwards. "It is really a home show for me here, with my stables being close by. Tonight it was really special to win, as the breeder and owners of Delux van T&L were all here."  

Saturday night's winning pair, Jessica Springsteen (USA) and the 10-year-old SF mare Volage du Val Henry (Quidam de Revel x Cassini I) took the third spot. James Wilson (GBR) on the 11-year-old BWP mare Imagine de Muze (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) placed fourth, while Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) on the 10-year-old KWPN stallion H&M Extra (Berlin x Heartbreaker) ended fifth. 

Earlier during the evening, Francois Mathy Jr. (BEL) on the 11-year-old SBS stallion Casanova de L'Herse (Ugano Sitte x Kashmir van Schuttershof) won the CSI5*-W 1.45m presented by Henders & Hazel. Pieter Clemens (BEL) on the 8-year-old Zangersheide mare Zandara Z (Zandor Z x Darco) took the runner-up position, while Jessica Springsteen (USA) on the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare Tiger Lily (Balou du Rouet x Domino) placed third. Jérome Guery (BEL) on the 10-year-old BWP stallion Grupo Prom Jivaro (Nonstop x Toulon) took the fourth place and the fifth spot went to Bryan Balsiger (SUI) on the 10-year-old BWP gelding Jenkins Ter Doorn (Numero Uno x Sir Lui). 


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