GCT in Chantilly : Hans-Dieter Dreher wins the Grand Prix
The competition was a testament to the exceptionally high calibre of GCT events with many riders bound for the Olympics choosing to make their final public appearance in Chantilly to prepare for the Games.
The Grand Prix de Chantilly presented by EADS and designed by worldrenowned designer Uliano Vezzani was a test of Olympian dimensions, outfoxing some of the greatest in the world and leaving them on 4 faults.
With very few clears for the jump off in the Grand Prix presented by EADS, the stakes were high for riders on four faults from the first two rounds. They had to take risks to finish in a fast time, but also try to stay clear.
Hans-Dieter Dreher of Germany, riding his dark bay stallion Magnus Romeo, eventually triumphed after a Grand Prix full of exciting twists and turns. Dreher was up against a brilliant time of 39.15 set by Beezie Madden of the USA and despite a small slip after one of the last verticals he still managed to gallop home in 38.82.
Beezie Madden was second, after riding three superb rounds on her impressive gelding Simon and in the jump off she shaved off seconds with several tight turns before going flat out to the last.
In a sensational result Egyptian rider Karim El Zoghby on Splendor proved he has a serious talent after becoming one of only five riders to get through to the jump off. Zoghby, who will represent his country at the Olympics, had 4 faults in the jump off.
Karim El Zoghby who is going to the London Olympics, was riding Splendor, a horse belonging to a student of his. Karim has only been riding Splendor for about two and a half to three weeks !
Résults Grand Prix Chantilly EADS
- Magnus Romeo, Hans Dieter Dreher (GER)
- Simon, Beezie Madden (USA)
- Splendor, Karim El Zoghby (AEG)
- Cedric, Laura Kraut (USA)
- Carlo, Nick Skelton (GBR)
- Taloubet Z, Christian Ahlmann (GER)
- Abbervail van het Dingeshof, Denis Lynch (IRL)
- Viking, Michael Whitaker (GBR)
- Ohm de Ponthual, Jérôme Hurel (FRA)
- Vincente, Jessica Kürten (USA)