Five riders out of the field of 45 combinations, stayed clear to go through to the jump-off of the very demanding Equine America Grand Prix. Five additional riders, who only had time penalties, also qualified for the jump-off. The course was set at 1.55m and designed by Grégory Bodo and Alain Lhopital.
The top two places on the podium in the Equine America GP, were taken by Brazilian riders. The winner, Pedro Veniss, was the last to go and knocked his compatriot Yuri Mansur off the top spot in a speedy round stopping the clock in 38.91s with his gelding Nimrod de Muze Z (by Nabab de Reve x Tinka’s Boy). The three-time Olympian was extremely happy with both his jumping rounds. “Nimrod De Muze Z jumped incredibly well, and I am happy to win my first 4* Grand Prix class with him and none of this would be possible without my team,” said Pedro.
Runner-up Yuri Mansur, who has two Olympic Games to his name, is a steady factor for the Brazilian team and the international sport. He was riding one of his top horses, Humberto Ask, a beautiful grey Belgian warmblood stallion by Cornet Obolensky x Lazio and owned by Stutteri Ask stud farm in Demark.
Irish rider Cameron Hanley finished third with Esi Toulouse, and was the only other rider to go clear in the jump-off. Leopold Van Asten (NED) was the public’s hot favourite to win today, and indeed he was fast! He stopped the clock in the fastest time of the day, a mere 36.43s, but he had a pole down and came in fourth place with VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (Chacco Blue x Aldatus). However, he won the Big Tour 1.45m class earlier on with Nino Du Roton and came third in the Medium Tour 1.40m with VDL Groep Victoria.