ldrick Cheronnet and Tanael Des Bonnes winners of the Gothenburg Trophy 2017. Ph. Claes Jakobsson/GHS
France’s Aldrick Cheronnet left all the poles in place to win the SEK836,000 Gothenburg Trophy presented by Agria on Saturday, February 25, at the Gothenburg Horse Show in Sweden.
Of the original 29 riders that took to the 1.55m track, five managed to jump clear and advance onto the shortened course. Those same five combinations would go on to also jump clear in the jump-off. Cheronnet; however, was the only athlete to stop the timers under 37 seconds. Riding the 10-year-old Selle Français gelding Tanael Des Bonnes (Watch Me*hoy x Don Pierre), Cheronnet clocked a time of 36.92 seconds to take home top honors.
The runner-up position went to Belgium’s Pieter Devos and the 9-year-old Zangersheide mare Claire Z (Clearway x Coronado) in 37.14 seconds. Holland’s Maikel van der Vleuten and the 9-year-old BWP mare VDL Groep Idi Utopia (Quasimodo Z x Darco) came in 3rd with a time of 39.15 seconds.
Germany’s Marco Kutscher and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Clenur (Carinue x Fernando) finished in 4th place in 39.53 seconds while 5th place went to Finland’s Satu Liukkonen aboard the 10-year-old SWB mare Gurra Hop (Hip Hop x Little Boy) in 41.13 seconds. Ireland’s Denis Lynch and home rider, Sweden’s own Robin Ingvarsson, would also ride clear but both accrued a time fault forcing them to settle for the 6th and 7th place positions respectively.
Competition at the Gothenburg Horse Show continues with Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix which can be viewed online at feitv.org.
See the full results of Saturday’s 1.55m SEK836,000 Gothenburg Trophy here.