Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Gregory Wathelet und Coree (v. Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life) zum Sieg im Großen Preis des CHIO Aachens! 4 Paare schafften es, den ersten und zweiten Umlauf fehlerfrei zu beenden, somit musste das Stechen entscheiden. Der Belgier nahm der bisher Führenden Luciana Diniz noch einmal fast eine Sekunde ab und feierte so den bisher größten Erfolg seiner Karriere! Bester Deutscher war Andreas Kreuzer, der sich in beiden Umläufen je einen Zeitstrafpunkt leistete. Alle Prüfungen aus Aachen könnt ihr euch hier noch einmal anschauen https://goo.gl/sV8nGz
Posted by ClipMyHorse.TV Deutschland on Sunday, July 23, 2017
Gregory Wathelet and his 11-year-old mare Coree were simply a streak of lightning across the intimidating and iconic Aachen courses Sunday afternoon to win the Rolex Grand Prix and claim one of the most coveted prizes in the sport.
Over two full courses and a ferocious jump-off designed by Frank Rothenberger, Greg and Coree simply never put a foot wrong, fending off exceptional challenges by Laura Kraut and Zeremonie, Marc Houtzager of the Netherlands, and Luciana Diniz on Fit for Fun in the final jump-off to secure the win.
Gregory has has a whirlwind story of drama and intrigue switching countres, reuniting with old horses and reclaiming his space in the top riders of the sport the past few years, but the industrious Belgian has made his presence known this weekend.
“It is simply a dream come true to see my name on the winners’ board in Aachen!” Said Gregory after his win. “It doesn’t suffice to give 100 percent to win a Major. One has to give 500 percent and that is what we did today. My horse was simply incredible.”
Laura Kraut and Zeremonie were top-placed American pair – one of four pairs to proceed to the jump-off. They had a brilliant round, but had the very last rail down to finish a still-marvelous fourth on the day. McLain Ward and HH Azur had just one rail over the two rounds in her usual speedy manner to finish seventh, Kent Farrington and Voyeur had a rail in each round to finish in the money in 14th, and Lauren Hough and Ohlala had a similar outcome to end two spots back in 16th. Beezie Madden and Darry Lou had a slower time and a rail in round one, failing to qualify for the second round, but living to fight another day.
Greg is now the rider-in-waiting for the Rolex Grand Slam title if he can win at Spruce Meadows in September; if he wins 2/3 Majors, he’ll win a $250,000 bonus, and if he wins three in succession, it’s the Grand Slam title and a $1 million purse.
Go Aachenm and Go Jumping.