Belgian Jerome Guery did it again. After winning the GP in Lummen with Papillon Z he proved that his grey miracle horse is also fast on sand. Jerome took the win and went home with a beautiful Porsche Targa 911. That sure counts for motivation! ‘I just wanted to win the Porsche’, Jerome said. ‘This is the only competition in the world where you can win a Porsche. Who wouldn’t be motivated? No seriously, it has been a wonderful competition and I think the jump-off was amazing. All riders just wanted to win and there was a lot of suspense. I’m so happy my horse is in such great shape. First Lummen, now Knokke, what will be next?’
There were 14 combinations who made it to the jump-off but Janika Sprunger decided not to start Aris cms in the jump-off. Michael Whitaker rode a very quick round with Viking but he knew he wouldn’t win. ‘That happens when you’re the second rider in the jump-off’, Michael said. ‘But I was just going for it and I wanted to be fast. You know, it might be one of the last chances to win such a great prize. That’s because of my age’, he laughed. Michael rode the time to beat and at the end Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z were faster but then Jerome and Papillon Z just went for it. ‘I thought Michael’s time was impossible to beat’, Jerome said. ‘It was so fast. But at the last line I took an extra risk and I pushed and it paid off.’
Not only the riders were smiling all the time also Stephan Conter was a happy man at the end of his 5* competition. ‘It was a great event. There were a lot of people and let’s not forget that it is a free event. Everybody can come in without paying and watch some of the top riders of the world. What we’ll do next? We’ll take a break for 10 days and then we’ll have a meeting but we’re not going to tell you what the plans are’, Stephan laughed. So that’s something we’ll find out later. First it’s time for the Stephex Masters in September.