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Rodrigo Almeida, Michael Pender and Jens Nijs win the consolation classes in Lanaken

Saturday, 17 September 2016
FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships 2016

Today the riders and horses who did not qualify for tomorrow's finals battled against each other in the consolation classes for 7-, 6- and 5-year-olds at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships in Lanaken. Portugal's Rodrigo Almeida and his highly talented Elud turned out the winners in the consolation class for 7-year-olds, while Michael Pender and Jens Nijs took the victories in the 5- and 6-year-old competitions.

Rodrigo Almeida's mount Elud is a product of the successful formula Clinton x Heartbreaker and really met the high expectations of his pedigree today. Jumping exceptional from start to finish, Elud and Rodrigo Almeida secured the victory in the consolation class for 7-year-old horses in a time of 59.33 seconds. Belgium's talented young rider Gilles Thomas finished as runner-up aboard Jacarta van 't Ravennest (Conterno Grande x Forsyth), while Koen Vereecke ended up third riding Jaro van Donkhoeve (Doree van 't Zorgvliet x Calato).

Ireland's Michael Pender turned out the strongest in the consolation class for 6-year-old horses. Riding the Irish bred Curra Clover Flight (Barnaby Flight x Ramiro B), Pender took the victory in 55.35 seconds. Dutch rider Geert Moerings and his home bred Fasther (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Farmer) turned out the runners-up in 56.94 seconds, while France's Max Thirouin and Aurore de la Rose (Felton du Mont x Narcos II) settled for the third spot.

The Zangersheide-bred Zandro Z (Zandor Z x Carthago Z) and Belgium's Jens Nijs ended up winning the consolation class for 5-year-olds. In a time of 60.99 seconds, even Ireland's Shane Dalton and the Irish bred Castlelawn Captain Junior (Captain Clover x Diamond Lad) could not beat Nijs. Belgium's Thomas Mertens and Ghandi finished third.


Text © World of Showjumping by Peter van der Waaij // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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