For the 13th time in the history of CHI Geneva, the top ten riders in the world went head to head in the coveted Rolex IJRC Top Ten Final, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Palexpo Convention Center on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
A sold out audience witnessed France’s Kevin Staut take home top honors aboard the 16-year-old SBS gelding Reveur de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes). With this victory, Staut qualified for Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix.
Staut, who was elected President of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) on Friday, has participated in the prestigious event eight times, with this being his first win.
“[Reveur du Hurtebise HDC] was just excellent, like he often is at important moments,” said Staut, the 17th winner of the competition. “That’s a lot of emotions for me, and an absolute feeling of happiness!”
The top ten competed aboard a 12-obstacle-track designed by Switzerland’s Gérard Lachat, Louis Konickx of The Netherlands, Italy’s Marco Cortinovis, and Cédric Longis of France.
First to face the two-round, 1.60m competition, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, who finished 3rd in 2016, had one down in the first round aboard the ten-year-old BWP mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof). After picking up eight more faults in round two, the duo finished on 12 faults for 10th place.
Nearly two seconds slower than Staut in round two, Scott Brash of Great Britain and the 16-year-old SHBGB mare Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) secured 2nd place, ending the competition on zero faults in 42.83s.
Peder Fredricson of Sweden closed out the podium placings in 3rd with the ten-year-old KWPN gelding H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados).
The full results can be viewed here.
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