Saturday’s Super Cup highlight was the CSI2* 1.45m Grand Prix presented by Artemide. A total of 42 horse-and-rider combinations lined up for the challenge, and what a challenge it was! Before the last pair had finished, there was only one clear round from Jemma Kirk (GBR) and the 15-year-old gelding Quelisto (J'Ai l'Espoir d'Elle x Starter). As last to go Jan Vermeiren (BEL) and the 8-year-old stallion Le Blue Diamond V'T Ruytershof (Plot Blue x Diamant de Semilly) also managed to clear the track, securing a jump-off.
With both Jemma and Jan having a fence down in the jump-off, it turned out to be Jemma's lucky day as she was the quickest of the two – taking home the win. "It was more difficult to wait," Jemma laughed afterwards, commenting on the time she had to spend before knowing if there would be a jump-off or not. "My horse is always fast, he jumped so good he deserved this win," she continued.
Speaking about her special horse, and today's challenging course, Jemma said: "He is a star, he is my king. I have him now for nine years, and I know him really well. He is just an amazing horse! I am so happy to win here. It was a tough course for a two-star Grand Prix, but we are at the Stephex Masters – so it has to be."
Jamie Wingrave (HUN) on the 11-year-old gelding Indiana Jones Max (Toulon x Quintus) took the third spot after only picking up a time fault in the first round. Anne Sophie Hemeryck Godart (FRA) on the 10-year-old gelding Etoile By MDL (Warrant x Argentinus) placed fourth and the fifth spot went to Wesley Newlands (CAN) on the 9-year-old stallion Everton de Villee (Arko III x Darco).
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