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Hassmann makes it a double in Mechelen

Friday, 29 December 2017
CSI5*-W Mechelen 2017

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Felix Hassmann had a fantastic day at work - here with Balance. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

Germany's Felix Hassmann was the rider of the day at the CSI5*-W event in Mechelen, Belgium, on Thursday. Riding the 10-year-old mare Balance (Balou du Rouet x Landadel), Hassmann clocked the winning time of 35,53 seconds in then jump-off of the 1.50m presented by KBC Bank & Verzekering. The course set by Eddy Geysemans and team turned out tricky enough, with ten pairs out of the 43 starters clearing their way into the jump-off. 

The jump-off turned into a real race, with the ever so consistent Harrie Smolders (NED) on the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) having to settle for runner-up position after flying over the finish line in a time of 36,13 seconds. Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on the 11-year-old mare Angel van T'Hof (Chin Chin x Nabab de Reve) took the third place with a time of 38,05, while yesterday's winner Simon Delestre (FRA) on the 12-year-old mare Teavanta II C Z (Treasure x Ahorn) placed fourth with a time of 38,11. The fifth spot went to Max Kühner (AUT) on the 13-year-old gelding PSG Future (Cash and Carry x Lorentin I) with a time of 40,96 seconds. 

Earlier during the day Hassmann topped also the 1.40m Table A against the clock. Riding the 12-year-old gelding SL Brazonado (SI Baluarte x Silvestre), the German rider clocked the winning time of  61,89 seconds. 

Wilm Vermeir (BEL) on the 11-year-old mare Gentiane de la Pomme (Shindler de Muze x Diamant de Semilly) took the runner-up spot with a time of 64,46 seconds, while Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) on the 13-year-old mare Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco) placed third after stopping the clocks on 64,62. Christophe Vandershasselt (BEL) on the 11-year-old gelding Gino van de Vrunte (Jokinal de Bornival x Karioka del Follee) placed fourth with a time of 66,02 seconds and the fifth spot went to Gilles Thomas (BEL) on the 13-year-old mare Conaro (Con Capitol x Quinar) with a time of 68,67. 

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