The prize KBC Bank & Verzekering was the first big class of the five star show. In a jump off with ten riders the victory was for Felix Hassmann with Balance, a ten years old Westfalian mare by Balou du Rouet x Landadel.
Felix: "About ten years ago I participated also in Mechelen, but I rode the CSI2* (mainly in the B arena) and my brother Toni the CSI5*. We bought Balance as a filly and I rode her myself from the beginning. She has a lot of scoop and is very careful. She has no big stride but I can go full speed to the fences. She is the full sister of Balzaci, a 14 yrs old stallion that I rode yesterday in the sires. Unfortunately i had the last fence down in the jump off."
With two victories in two classes the 31 yrs old rider from Lienen in Westfalen is actually the best rider of the show. If he is still so on Saturday he returns home with a brand new Ifor Williams trailer.
Harrie Smolders finished second on Zinius, Niels Bruynseels was third and best Belgian with Angel van 't Hof.