he Gucci Masters began today with the Prix Salon du Cheval – Ceneca, Table A with a jump-off (1.50m). Thirty combinations took part in this competition but only six qualified for the jump-off. First to qualify was Kent Farrington (USA) and Blue Angel. The fast combination put some pressure on the other competitors by clearing their round in 32.45 seconds. A performance that couldn’t be repeated by Katharina Offel with B Once Z, a clear round with the daughter of Baloubet du Rouet, the Ukrainian Olympian was clearly slower with 34.11 seconds.
The always-fast Frenchman Roger Yves Bost kept up to his good name! With Castle Forbes Cosma, the European champion completed a time of 31.72 seconds, but with four penalty points. On the other hand, team Olympic vice-champion Maikel Van der Vleuten (NED) was the “slowest” of the jump-off with VDL Groep Eureka; the couple finished the course in 42.06 seconds and four penalty points. As for Brazilian Doda de Miranda, qualifying with AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, he elected not to take part in the jump-off.
Patrice Delaveau and Ornella Mail HDC still remained; a combination more than capable of beating Kent Farrington and Blue Angel. The Frenchman, team World vice-champion, was riding the eccentric mare Ornella Mail HDC. Fast and precise, the couple showed all their talent in a clear round in 31.28 seconds and won in front of Kent Farrington and Blue Angel. Katharina Offel and B Once Z finished 3rd for the Ukraine.
Source: Gucci Masters