Kevin Staut wins GCT Grand Prix in Monaco
The champion French Kevin Staut and the Belgian bred gelding Reveur de Hurtebise have only been a combination for two months. He was last to go in the jump off and the former European champion took full advantage by producing the fastest clear.
French riders had already been successful at the beginning of the CSI 5* in Monaco, as Michel Robert won the SBM Prize with his grey horse, Nenuphar Jac, warmly supported by a friendly crowd, as Michel Robert is one of the most popular french riders. He won the barrage 33.51, beating riders such as Christian Ahlmann on Aragaon (33.58) an Laura Kraut, third with Teirra in 33.61.
Michel Robert had already won a class on te fist day of the show, riding the outstanding piebald mare, Catapulte.
On Sunday afternoon, it was Kevin Staut with Rêveur de Hurtebise, who won the Grand Prix after finishing clear in 37.51. Hans-Dieter Dreher of Germany was the only other rider to jump three clear rounds in the jump off and his polished performance on Embassy II put him in second place on the podium in 38.16.
Third place rider Abdelkebir Ouaddar became an overnight show jumping star riding Porche du Fruitier for H. M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Abdelkebir will be a name to remember after tonight after he jumped like a superstar with two clears and then one fence down in the jump off to finish on 37.13. The Moroccan rider’s achievement also underlined the truly global nature of GCT.
Edwina Tops-Alexander, finished in seventh place on four faults on her famous gelding Cevo Itot du Chateau and remains top of the GCT ranking so far in the 2012 series.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, a keen supporter of the GCT, presented the prizes to the jubilant winning riders and was accompanied by his niece Charlotte Casiraghi, Honorary President of GCT Monaco and one of the regular riders on the Amateur tour.
Résults Grand Prix du Prince in Monaco
- Rêveur de Hurtebise HDC, Kevin Staut (FRA)
- Embassy II, Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER)
- Porche du Fruitie, Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR)
- LB Callas Sitte Z, Christina Liebherr (GER)
- Noblesse des Tess, Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan (SAU)
- All Star 5, Denis Lynch (IRL)
- Cevo Itot du Château, Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS)
- Vincente, Jessica Kürten (GER)
- Blue Angel, Lauren Hough (USA)
- Viking, Michael Whitaker (GBR)