Staut Wins IJRC Top Ten Final

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Sunday 10 December - 07h43 | Edited Press release

Staut Wins IJRC Top Ten Final

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.

 - Staut Wins IJRC Top Ten Final

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. 

Jump Off success for Staut

Jump Off success for Staut - Staut Wins IJRC Top Ten Final

Staut cut every corner in order to achieve his dramatic clear round, stopping the clock at 40.90 seconds, taking him into the lead. After a valiant effort De Luca was unable to beat the exacting precision of the French rider and world number three, as he exited the arena with four faults. The final result saw Rolex Testimonees, Kevin Staut and Scott Brash, secure first and second place on the podium.
A thrilled Staut commented on his victory, “I am really really happy as not only have I won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final but I have qualified for the Rolex Grand Prix tomorrow also. It’s been eight years that I’ve been fighting to get a good result and I’m thrilled I’ve now achieved it, especially here in Geneva which is such an incredible show.”
Second placed Brash (pictured below) “I don’t think I could have done any more, Ursula has a huge stride but is a slow mover. Kevin’s turns were much smoother than mine and Kevin was too fast for us today.”
The equestrian world will now look ahead to the Rolex Grand Prix tomorrow and the last Major of the show jumping calendar.

1. Kevin Staut (FRA) riding Reveur de Hurtebise HDC
2. Scott Brash (GBR) riding Ursula XII 
3. Peder Fredricson (SWE) riding H&M Christian K 
4. Eric Lamaze (CAN) riding Fine Lady 5
5. Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) riding Ensor de Litrange LXII
6. Harrie Smolders (NED) riding Don VHP Z 
7. Gregory Wathelet (BEL) riding Eldorado Van Het Vijverhof 
8. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) riding VDL Groep Verdi TN 
9. Kent Farrington (USA) riding Creedance 
10. Steve Guerdat (SUI) riding Hannah

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