The winners of the weekend
Twente - Geesteren
As the Nations Cup could not take place in Rotterdam (the European Championships will be held there in August), the 4th stage of the European Division 1 was held in Geesteren over a large grassy track. The victory went to the Brazilians: Pedro Veniss didn't even have to start in the second round with his faithful Quabri de l'Isle (Kannan), who knotched up a very good first clear round.
In this stage of the Nations Cup, few combinations succeeded in achieving clear-rounds, including the stars. The defending World Champion Simone Blum and her exuberant DSP Alice (Askari) were penalized by 9 faults following a huge disagreement at the n°7 vertical after the water. Even though the pair - recent winners of the La Baule Grand Prix - had a nice clear round in the second round, the Germans were still in fourth place.
With a score of 8 points, the Brazilians were able to field a solid team, with a brilliant double-clear round - the only one - from Felipe Amaral and Germanico T (by Numero Uno), 4+0 for Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Sirène de la Motte (Apache d’Adriers), and 8+4 for Pedro Junqueira Muylaert riding C'est Dorijke (Argentinus). The Dutch followed with 16 points and the Spanish with 28 points.
In the CSI 2* Gestereen Grand Prix, victory went to Japanese rider Daisuke Fukushima with Con Blue (Conthargos), ahead of Jeroen Dubbeldam’s young pupil, Wilton Porter on Delinquent JX (Darco).
In the Knokke Grand Prix 2*, Patrice Delaveau set everyone straight with his 8-year-old Bahia de Mars (Kannan). The Frenchman came in ahead of Dominique Hendrickx on Castor vh Molenhof Z (Catoki), winner of the afternoon’s 150m with Koriano Van Klapscheut (Lord Z), and Jos Verlooy on Varoune (Verdi). In the 21 rider jump-off, Belgian Evelyne Blaton was 4th with Zolina (Solitair), and Frenchwoman Félicie Bertrand was 5th with Geneviève Mégret's Creta LS La Silla (Casall).
In the CSI Bonheiden 3*, young Thibeau Spits won the Grand Prix on Bellissimo Z (Bamako de Muze), ahead of another Belgian, Ann Carton-Grootjans with Kai Licha de Carmel (Prince van de Wolfsakker). Eight combinations qualified for the jump-off, but no one managed to match Thibeau Spits' time - he has just returned from a few weeks of training with Steve Guerdat in Switzerland, where he impressed, winning the Uster National Grand Prix.
Vicky van de Poel won the CSI 2* Grand Prix with Jay Jay van de Mottelhoeve (Faldiano), where only two combinations qualified for the jump-off. 2nd place went to Steve Auwers with Extreme M (Vaillant).
In the Hickstead CSI 4* Derby, Irish Michael Pender had the only double-clear round and secured the victory with Hearton du Bois Halleux (Nonstop).
At the Olomuc CSI 3*, the Italian anthem rang out thanks to a double-clear round from Emanuele Camilli on Jakko, son of Vagabond de la Pomme. 2nd place went to Clementina Grossi in the saddle of Z-Quasimodo R (Quasimodo Z).
At the Longines Masters of Lausanne, Gudrun Patteet won the 5* Grand Prix, while the CSI 2* Grand Prix went to Germany's Laureen Budd on Gosbodino (Granni), ahead of France's Mélanie Cloarec and American Sophie Gochman, who did well throughout the weekend.
Belgian Christophe de Brabander won in the CSI 1* Grand Prix with L'Hermès de Muze (Elvis ter Putte), ahead of his compatriot Louise Ameeuw.
All the results here
Charlotte and Victor Bettendorf took the first two places in the CSI 2* Roeser Grand Prix. Charlotte was paired with Iris van de Bisschop (Kannan), and Victor with Sorbier Blanc (Jericho Pierreville). The podium was completed by Japanese Yuko Itakura. Gaëtan Stalpaert took 4th place after a 4 combination jump-off.
In the CSI for the young people of Peelbergen, the victory went to the Dutch rider Skye Morssinkhof and Checkpoint Chacco (Chacco Blue), ahead of the French Timothée Dhenin on Arthur d'Albin CH (Apartos).
It was a Dutch treble in the Pony Grand Prix with Mart Ijland ahead of Yannick Janssen van Grunsven and Milan Morssinkhof. Victory went to Emma Bocken in the Children’s division.