Jumping Mechelen 2014: Delestre rides to victory in the World Cup with Qlassic Bois Margot.
The latest stage of the FEI show-jumping World Cup in Mechelen, Belgium has been won by French rider Simon Delestre with his mount Qlassic Bois Margot (l’Arc de Triomphe), a 2004 selle française owned by Haras du Bois Margot. The pair aren’t unfamiliar to success having won a silver medal together at the World Equestrian Games in the team event, but managed to go one better in Belgium by taking a comfortable first place scoring a time of 32.42. Second ranked Joe Clee with Utamaro d’Ecaussines recorded a time of 34.93 seconds.
The final podium slot meanwhile went to the young Swedish rider Douglas Lindelow, who was born in 1990, with his trusted Holsteiner mount Casello (Casall). The youthful rider was only a few hundredths short of second place. The final faultless run was recorded by Germany’s Christian Ahlmann with Cornado II (Cornet Obolensky) who finished in fourth place. The other 5 riders that made it through to the final phase all picked up 4 penalties each.
The rest of the top-ten was as follows:
5th Lucy Davis USA Barron
6th Kevin Staut FRA Qurack de Falaise HDC
7th Jos Verlooy BEL Domino
8th Roger Yves Bost FRA Nippon d’Elle
9th Judy Ann Melchior BEL As Cold As Ice Z
10th Henrik von Eckermann SWE Cantinero
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As for the Italian riders taking part, Emanuele Gaudiano came 31st with Caspar after 8 penalties in the first round whereas Juan Carlos Garcia finished 36th with Bonzai van de Warande following 16 penalties in the first round.