France’s Kevin Staut started his weekend at the Glock Horse Performance Center in Treffen, Austria riding a steady clear on Thursday aboard his 12-year-old mare Belgian bred Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC (Malito de Reves X Kashmir van Schuttershof) with 2 time faults. What he didn’t knew was that it would be very different in his next class with the mare in Austria, where even he was surprised to win the €68,000 GLOCK’s Perfection Tour CSI5* on Saturday, June 18th.
Staut and 16 other riders finished the first round of the big class of the day without penalties, but Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Comanche, Marcus Ehning with Cornado NRW from Germany, and Paul Estermann with Lord Pepsi from Switzerland decided to not take part into the jump off so it was 14 riders and horses that advanced to the shortened course.
“Normally this mare isn’t particularly fast. Just recently she did her first tournament in Rome, following a one year injury break, and is now in top fitness again,” said Staut after his win. “With 14 taking part in the jump-off, I knew that I had to go for it. The fact that I was so fast was something even I could scarcely believe.”
One second behind Staut’s time of 42.07 seconds was Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts riding his 9-year-old Belgian mare H&M Henna de Goedereede (Argentinus X Heartbreaker) in a time of 43.12 seconds.
Closing the top 3 of the class was Holland’s Marc Houtzager on the 10-year-old Dutch mare Sterrehof’s Bylou (Phin Phin X Niveau) in a very close time to Philippaerts with 43.14 seconds.
Dutch riders had great results with Willem Greve riding Carambole N.O.P to 4th place, Gerco Schröder riding Glock’s Zaranza to 5th place, Jeroen Dubbeldam riding Camilo LS La Silla in 10th position and Gert Jan Bruggink just missing out on the prizegiving in 13th position riding MCB Ulke. Home rider Max Kühner earned a 7th place producing a double clear round riding Cielito Lindo 2.
See the full class results list here.