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Wulschner stops Belgian quartet in Sport Vlaandren Grand Prix of Mechelen

Friday, 30 December 2016
CSI5*-W Jumping Mechelen 2016

Holger Wulschner and BSC Cavity won the 1.50m Sport Vlaandren Grand Prix of Mechelen. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping. Holger Wulschner and BSC Cavity won the 1.50m Sport Vlaandren Grand Prix of Mechelen. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

Thursday night’s 1.50m Sport Vlaandren Grand Prix of Mechelen turned into a battle between the Germans and the Belgians. In the end it was a German rider that ended on top as Holger Wulschner on the 13-year-old BSC Cavity (Caretino x Lansing) cruised to the victory and took home the first prize of 15,450 euros. 

Lucien Somers and Eddy Geysemans had designed a course with 13 obstacles and 16 efforts in it, with the time allowed set to 72 seconds. In the limited space of the Nekkerhal the distances seemed challenging – especially the triple combination that had a triple bar as the first element followed by two verticals caused a few heart stopping moments. 

The atmosphere in the Nekkerhal in Mechelen was electric as the Belgian riders gave their all to please the home crowds and did it well. As starter number seven Jos Verlooy (BEL) on the 11-year-old Farfelu de la Pomme (Vigo D'Arsouilles x Darco) rode a clear round, as did his fellow country men Niels Bruynseels on the 10-year-old Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor), Pieter Devos on the 11-year-old Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) and Olivier Philippaerts on the 14-year-old H&M Challenge v. Begijnakker Z (Chellano Z x Palestro v. Begijnakker). 

Land Rover Masters-winners Lauren Hough (USA) and Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner) continued their good form and rode a clear round, as did the winners of the Open Sires Of The World-competition – Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas). Also Wednesday's winner Simon Delestre (FRA), this time on the 11-year-old Chadino (Chacco Blue x Narew xx), rode a clear round and joined the jump-off as did Daniel Deusser (GER) on the 10-year-old Sweet de Beaufour (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan), Juulia Jyläs (FIN) on the 8-year-old Courage T Z (Calvino Z x Espri) and Penelope Leprevost (FRA) on the 12-year-old Nice Stephanie (Cardento x Optiebeurs Ralmé Z).

The audience in the Nekkerhal got loud, and the jump-off turned into a real race. Jos Verlooy and Farfelu de la Pomme set the time to beat to 33,88 seconds, only to passed soon after by Pieter Devos and Apart, who stopped the clock on 33,23 seconds. But then came the Germans – Wulschner and BSC Cavity made it all look like a walk in the park and cruised through the finish line, clocking the winning time of 32,60 seconds. Daniel Deusser and Sweet de Beaufour got close, but not close enough – their time of 32,82 seconds secured them the runner-up position. Olivier Philippaerts and Challenge v. Begijnakker Z ended up as the best Belgian pair in third place with the time of 33,06 seconds. Juulia Jyläs and the only 8-year-old Courage T Z did a safe but impressive clear round in the jump-off and ended up on the 7th place, right behind the Belgians. 

"I've had this horse since he was five years old. As a youngster he did not look like anything special - he kind of jumped the wrong way with his body. But he is jumping better and better the older he gets. He has actually done some really good results lately, really many clear rounds. As a Grand Prix, this is his biggest win yet. He is not for sale – my wife loves him!" Holger Wulschner said about BSC Cavity after their win.

Earlier on Thursday evening the 1.45m Samsung Speed & Handiness had an all Belgian podium. The 18-year-old Gilles Thomas, who rode his first ever 5* show in Mechelen, won with the 8-year-old Indiana v.H. Kapelhof (Chatman x Pinkus). Nicola Philippaerts on the 12-year-old Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco) came second and Wilm Vermeier on the 9-year-old Hacienda d'Eversem (Contact van de Heffinck x Sheynne de Baugy) placed third. 

The Stephex Stables 1.45m Queens Cup was won by Elisa Strubbe (BEL) on the 10-year-old Gladiator van't Paradijs (Shindler de Muze x Quick Lauro Z). Leonie Peeters (BEL) on the 14-year-old Catho (Millar x Voltaire) came second and Charlotte Mordasini (SWE) on the 12-year-old Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy x Cardento) placed third.  


Text and picture © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen 

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