The winners of the weekend
The second edition of the Waregem competition didn’t have the mild weather of the inaugural edition. It’s a competition that also had a special atmosphere due to the death of Johan Dejager this Summer, Jean-Claude Vangeenberghe’s former sponsor, and the organizer of this event, having supported the Antwerp project for years. In the end, Steve Guerdat was crowned after the Grand Prix. The World No. 1 won in the rain with Alamo (Ukato), ahead of Denis Lynch on his new recruit, Rubens LS (Rebozzo La Silla), and Max Kuhner on Electrik Blue P (Eldorado vh Zeshoek). Yves Vanderhasselt had to settle for 4th place after another double clear round with Youth (Eldorado vd Zeshoek).
In Saint Tropez, Piergiorgio Bucci won the Grand Prix**** with Driandria (Carthino), ahead of Mexican rider Eugenio Garza Perrez on Armani SL Z (Asca Z), while Thierry Rozier didn't miss anything with his star mount (Singulord Joter), who completed 5 out of 5 clear rounds this week, finishing with his fourth 3rd place in two weeks! Just behind him, Marie Demonte didn't take long to get into the game with Tanael des Bonnes (Watch Me van't Zorgvliet), Aldrick Cheronnet's former mount, by taking 4th place after a double clear round.
Angelica Augutsson won the Grand Prix*** of Canteleu on Kalinka van de Nachtegaele (Epleasure van't Heike), ahead of Vanessa Martinez on Torero du Lozon (Mylord Carthago), and Thomas Lambert on Univers de Ch'ti (L'arc du Triomphe) who had the best jump-off time but they took a rail.
Kenneth Cheng won the Grand Prix on Tyson A Z (Tsar Hero), ahead of Belgian riders Arnaud Gaublomme on Caol Ila Birdavenue (Eros Platière), out of the internationally performed Egie of Colors (Cavalier Royale), and Dieter Vermeiren on Piepke 111 Z (Plot Blue).
But this weekend, it was also the Nations Cup final for the youngsters in Opglabeek, and they too had to endure the weather. Great Britain won once again in the pony category ahead of Germany and Ireland.
On the Children’s side, the Netherlands won that category ahead of Germany and Belgium. Germany won the Juniors ahead of Great Britain, while Belgium once again took third place on the podium.
In the Young Riders, the Americans won ahead of Great Britain and Denmark, leaving Belgium in 4th place.