Nayel Nassar wins the St. Gallen Grand Prix!
After the cancellation of Hickstead, Dublin and Falsterbo, the 2021 season of the European Nations Cup circuit finally started this weekend with an appointment in Switzerland, in the city of St. Gallen! While the team event will be held on Saturday, the Grand Prix took place on Thursday afternoon on the beautiful grass turf.
Edouard Schmitz and Cortino 46 (Coriano)
No less than 50 riders started in this Grand Prix, including young riders such as Harry Charles, Edouard Schmitz and the 19-year-old Czech rider Sara Vingrelkova, who were able to benefit from some great experience at this level. The course, designed by Swiss course designer Gérard Lachat, was composed of 13 obstacles and 16 efforts with possible faults along the way. The vertical at No. 6 following the water jump was a trap for some riders, as was the double placed in 11th position. The last oxer was also the "juge de paix" for several of them.
Dutch rider Kevin Jochems and Turbo Z (Thunder v. Zuuthoeve) achieved a double clear in this Grand Prix.
On his home turf, Switzerland's Elian Baumann was the first to score a perfect round with Campari Z (Contact v.D. Heffinck). Ten other riders also followed suit and achieved a clear round. However, in this second round, 13 riders were able to start, two of them with four points and the fastest rounds. They were Christian Kukuk on Checker 47 (Comme Il Faut 5) and France’s Penelope Leprevost, who rode Vancouver de Lanlore (Toulon). In this second part of the competition, the pairs with the score achieved during the first round.
The winners of the day: Nayel Nassar, with Igor van de Wittemoere (Cooper Vd Heffinck)
The highest place was secured by Evergate rider, Nayel Nassar, from Egypt with Igor van de Wittemoere (Cooper Vd Heffinck), who won his first CSIO5* Grand Prix. The pair beat fast British rider Scott Brash on Hello Vincent (Consul DL Vie Z) by only nine tenths of a second. Third place went to German rider Philipp Weishaupt on Coby 8 (Contagio).
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