Only four of the 40 competitors in the Longines FEI World Cup managed to ride a clear round in Lucien Somers' course. The victory was for Daniel Deusser and Cornet d'Amour. The German, who lives in Mechelen, had a top year and finished it in the best of ways: Daniel is the partner of organizing committee member Caroline Wauters. He rode a fantastic course and barrage with Cornet d'Amour, a ten year old Westfalien stallion by Cornet Obolensky x Damiani. Daniel: “With regards to the participants, I honestly thought that more riders would stay clear. It was hard but not impossible. The jump off was very exciting like this. I saw Jens Fredricson with Lunatic on the screen in the paddock, and think I won because I took five strides in stead of six in a line.”
Jens Fredricsson (Lunatic): “I was third last year, second this year, so I have to come back next year and try to win. I came to Mechelen because I think it is a superb competition. I am not trying to obtain a place in the World Cup this year, but am planning to do a few small indoor competitions before focusing on the outdoor season.”
Pilar Lucrecia Cordon (Nuage Bleu): “Nuage Bleu jumped amazingly well. I just rode a smooth jump off and cannot go faster at the moment, he needs more experience for that. Double clear and a third place was the highest achievable goal and I am very happy with it.”
Jeroen Dubbeldam and Zenith were the last to start in the jump off. It was the first Grand Prix at 5* level for this combination. When Jeroen made a fault, he gave up because the other three were clear. He was however very pleased with the performance of his only nine year old KWPN.
Dirk Demeersman and Bufero van het Panishof were the best Belgian combination. They became tenth with four penalties.