23 May 2018
Gregory Wathelet Wins at CSI2* Valkenswaard
Gregory Wathelet was the grand prix winner on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Tops International Arena’s second week of spring CSI2* competition. The Belgian rider won the CSI2* Grand Prix with Sandero (Sandro Boy), an up and coming 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding.
Bertram Allen of Ireland went into second place in the class that saw 12 pairs jump double clear, and 20 return for the jumpoff. Riding the 8-year-old Holsteiner mare Calafrieda (Canto 16), Allen was 0.37 seconds slower than Wathelet. And just barely a sliver of a second behind him was Pieter Devos of Belgium with Jade vd Bisschop (Organo Sitte) in 3rd place.
In other classes, World No. 2 Harrie Smolders won the 7 Year Old Final with Empress EH Z, and Jos Verlooy won the 6 Year Old Final with Emera Z.