Double victory for Belgium at the CSIO Barcelona
Belgium was the big winner on the final day of the CSIO Barcelona. Thanks to their victory this afternoon in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final, the Belgian team not only won their third title on the Olympic track of the Real Club de Polo, but also secured their place for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. With three of their four rounds without penalties, the Belgians completed an extraordinary final, ahead of France, with four points, and Switzerland, also with four points, but with a worse time.
Koen Vereecke (“Kasanova de la Pomme”), Grégory Whatelet (“Iron Man Van de Padenborre”), Gilles Thomas (“Calleryama”) and Jérôme Guéry (“Quel Homme de Hus”) have been the members of the winning team, with Olivier Philippaerts as substitute rider and Peter Weinberg as Chef d’Equipe. In addition, Koen Vereecke and Jerome Guery will share a money prize of 100,000 euros along with Frenchmen Simon Delestre and Kevin Staut and Dutchman Harrie Smolders, for having completed Thursday’s and today’s rounds without penalties.
The Spanish team – Manuel Fernández Saro, Alberto Márquez Galobardes, Mariano Martínez Bastida and Eduardo Álvarez Aznar- achieved the sixth place, finishing the final ahead of Germany and Ireland and tied on 16 points with Great Britain.
In the first competition of the day, the CaixaBank Trophy, the Ecuadorian rider Andrea Fraguas won on “Oldwina-M”. Second was the Catalan Blai Capdevila (“Girbau Jamaica”), followed by the American Lindsay Douglass, with “Jumping Star SL”.
The 110th edition of the CSIO Barcelona has concluded with a new public success. The facilities of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona were packed to see the best riders of the moment in action, making the Club and Barcelona once again the world capital of equestrian sports.