On Sunday, June 11th, the 665000 PLN Grand Prix CSIO5* presented by the president of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in Sopot, Poland saw just one horse-rider combination get through the course fault free, and it was a German rider who did it. Patrick Stühlmeyer wrapped his weekend in Poland by taking home victory in the biggest class of the show.
Stühlmeyer rode his 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion Lacan (Lando X Contender) in the two round competition set by the German course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. where 13 of the 50 riders taking part advanced to the second round. Brazil’s Fabio Leivas da Costa and his 16-year-old Belgian bred gelding Allegro van de Donkhoeve (Mr. Blue X Robin II Z) also proved to be in great shape, scoring a faster clear than the winning combination, but they had to settle for 2nd place as they carried a time penalty from the first round.
Jerome Guery from Belgium earned 3rd place aboard the 14-year-old Zangersheide stallion Papillon Z (Perhaps X Cassini), the pair scored the fastest time of the class but finished with an unlucky 4 faults.
Team Ukraine’s members and Nations Cup winners also had a great performance in the Grand Prix, having three riders in the placings with Cassio Rivetti with Fine Fleur du Marais in 4th place, Rene Tebbel with Giljandro van den Bosrand in 6th place and Ferenc Szentirmai with Chadino in 7th place.
Full results are here.