Credit : Revolution Sport
Sunday 10 December - 07h43 | Edited Press release
In one of those spooky moments of synchronicity, Kevin Staut won the Rolex IJRC Top Ten Final hours after being voted president of that body. Kent Farrington represented the US but it was not to be his day, finishing nineth on Creedance.
The International Jumping Riders Club Top Ten Final is a highly coverted title that has so far eluded Staut, who can count medals from all other major championshios on his resumé, including an Olympic team gold in Rio last year. Riding his Olympic partner Reveur de Hurtebise, \Staut was always one of the favourites for this years edition.The current top 10 riders in the world gathered at the iconic CHI Geneva, Switzerland, to contend for one of the most exciting classes of the year, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. The roster of elite show jumpers who had qualified to tackle Gérard Lachat’s technically challenging and imposing course included five of Rolex’s Equestrian Testimonees; Steve Guerdat, Scott Brash, Eric Lamaze, Kevin Staut and current World Number One, Kent Farrington. Staged over two rounds, home favourite and Swiss hero Steve Guerdat was first to go aboard his brilliant mare Hannah. The patriotic crowd were electric as he rode into the arena and despite willing the combination over every fence, the pair collected four faults. The first clear round came from the only rider currently to have won the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Great Britain’s Scott Brash. Ursula XII and Brash glided around the first round, setting the bar high for the remaining seven riders. Despite nearly foot perfect rounds from the 2016 reigning champion, Eric Lamaze and 2015 champion Kent Farrington, they both finished the 12-fence course with four faults, respectively. For the eighth time in his career, Kevin Staut had qualified for the Top 10 Final and this experience shone through as he delivered the last clear of round one. The second round welcomed four riders with a clean sheet, Lorenzo De Luca, Harrie Smolders, Scott Brash and Kevin Staut. Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze produced the fastest second round of the night, with a time of 40.27 moving him up the leaderboard.
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