Kent Farrington and Willow, no discussion
The young American Kent Farrington and his grey Willow reigned without discussion on Friday over the Crédit Suisse Grand Prix.
Quick and extremely efficient, the pair takes the lead over his seventeen opponents in a crazy jump off. He definitely qualified for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping held on Sunday. Ben Maher's dexterity associated to his very fast Cella were not supposed to be challenged, but Willow's very long stride brings the time of the British down by one second. The Irish Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou Lou finish 3rd.
After this second big class of the week end that qualifies the best for the Rolex Grand Prix held on Sunday, the following riders are qualified: the latest Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat who will ride his best asset Nino des Buissonnets and the Dutch Gerco Schröder with his splendid stallion London. The Belgian Philippe Lejeune, world champion title holder and Eric Lamaze will be there as well. Directly issued from the last European championships, the world n°1 Scott Brash, very successful at the moment, the very nice and Frenchie Roger Yves Bost with Myrtille Paulois and Ben Maher. The Australian Edwina Tops Alexander has the choice between the small phenomenal Itot du Chateau, maybe the richest horse in the world, and her giant Ego Van Ortis. Not easy to choose between these two very different horses. The Swiss champion Beat Mandli will be there too. He was one of the fastest in the jump off of the Crédit Suisse Grand Prix. The riders will have to do with Hans Dieter Dreher's energy, Luciana Diniz's regularity, Angelica Augutsson's impetuous Mic Mac du Tillard, Tiffany Foster (Can) more and more confident with Verdi III and the Spanish Sergio Alvarez Moya, having a hard time getting back the biggest podiums lately. The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is open, but only the elite has a chance.