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Jerome Guery and Jupiter VG win 2017 FEI Zangersheide Sires of the World

Friday, 22 September 2017
FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2017

Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping. A happy winning team in Lanaken as Jerome Guery and Jupiter VG took the top honours in the 2017 FEI Zangersheide Sires of the World. Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping.

Just like last year it was Belgium's Jerome Guery that brought home the victory in the FEI Zangersheide Sires of the World in Lanaken, this time riding the only 8-year-old BWP stallion Jupiter VG (Pommeau du Heup x Heartbreaker) –owned by Tal Milstein Stables. 

The FEI Zangersheide Sires of the World is open for approved stallions, and 50 had lined up to compete in the prestigious class that drew plenty of spectators to Lanaken today – despite a bit of rain, it was packed at Zangersheide as the competition got underway. 

Seven riders managed to produce clears over the first round 1.50m track, that was set by Eugene Mathy. Counting thirteen fences it included an open water followed by an oxer coming shortly after, and then the stallions had to come back in time before the long-side where a tricky triple combination waited with an extremely short distance of two strides out over a vertical. 

Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping. Jerome Guery and Jupiter VG en route to victory at Zangersheide. Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping.

Coming in as first to go in the jump-off, Jerome Guery did not hesitate and brought Jupiter VG into top gear from the beginning. A bit of luck was on their side on the third oxer, Guery came flying in and Jupiter VG rattled it – but the rails stayed in the cups and a perfect angle to the third last vertical set them off perfectly for the final line. Crossing the finish line, the time was as good as 38.64 seconds and it looked very hard to beat.

One rider later, following Dutch rider Harrie Wiering who had one rail down, Great Britain's James Billington rode another clear on the 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion VDL Cartello (Cartani x Lord) but was way behind Guery with his 42.44 seconds. Germany's Katharina Offel followed on the 10-year-old Zangersheide stallion JK Horsetrucks Leasure Z (Levisto Z x Treasure Z), and also she produced another clear round although slightly slower than Billington in 42.91 seconds to slot into third. Ukraine's Ferenc Szentirmai and the 9-year-old Selle Francais stallion Usador du Rouet (Crusador x Galoubet A) were next to go, and went into fourth with a clear in 44.96 seconds. 

As last to go, after Switzerland's Arthur Da Silva had two rails down, Dutch rider Willem Greve was on a mission. Aboard the 10-year-old KWPN stallion Carrera (Larino Cooper x Contender), he went after Guery's time and was cheered on by the crowds in his effort. When the clock stopped it showed 39.85 seconds, and Greve pushed into silver position between Guery and Billington leaving Offel to fourth and Szentirmai to fifth. 

Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping The podium: Jerome Guery, Willem Greve and James Billington. Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping.

"When Jupiter VG arrived at my stable he did really not have any experience, but I could feel that he had the last scope and he has a good head. It was a good challenge to come here, and to see if he was ready for this level – my feeling told me he had the quality to do it, but I did not expect to win," said a happy Guery who got Jupiter VG to ride back in August and jumped his third show in Lanaken with him. 

"Already the first round was quite a surprise, he never jumped at this level before and felt really good. But, then you know when you are here with the public and I was first to go. I had to try and do something," smiled Guery about taking the chance with the stallion despite the lack of routine. "I think it was one of the first jump-offs in his life, but still he listened really well to me! He has a huge canter, and I continued in the same big canter through the jump-off so I think I took out a few strides between the jumps compared to the others," detailed Jerome about how he secured the top spot on the podium.

"I feel he is a horse for the big sport. He has everything. He has the head and the scope from his dad, lots of quality and he is a modern horse. I think he is one for the future," concluded Guery.


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Haide Westring for World of Showjumping.

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