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Weishaupt won the Rolex Grand Prix

Spruce Meadows, Canada – The CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex has been won by Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt riding LB Convall at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, one of the toughest Grand Prix on the global equestrian circuit. Luciana Diniz from Portugal riding Fit For Fun 13 was second and McLain Ward from the United States riding HH Azur came in third


Philipp Weishaupt riding LB Convall.
d. 11-09-2017 - 12:54

Over 87,000 equestrian fans walked through the hallowed Spruce Meadows gates on Sunday morning, eager to secure their spot for what promised to be an unprecedented day of elite level show jumping. The haze of the preceding weeks had lifted, welcoming bright sunshine and foot perfect conditions. The stage was set to welcome 43 of the world’s best horse and rider combinations, all contending for the prestigious title and the richest prize pot in the sport. 

 

Course designer Leopoldo Palacios, a name synonymous with delivering the biggest Grand Prix in the world, certainly lived up to expectations. Fences reached up to 1.70m in height with technical questions being asked of the horse and riders throughout. 
All eyes were on Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash, defending champion two years running and Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet, the current Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping live contender after winning the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen in July. 

 

From the very first combination to enter the arena, the highly knowledgeable crowd willed every horse and rider over the 14 jumping efforts set for the first phase. Rolex Testimonees Kevin Staut and Steve Guerdat picked up an unlucky four faults with the slightest of touches causing the pole to drop. 

 

Current World Number One and Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington collected eight faults in the final triple and as a result, did not progress any further in the competition. It was not to be a third consecutive victory for Great Britain’s Brash, despite a valiant effort with the legendary Ursula XII.

 

Rolex Testimonee and Canadian hero Eric Lamaze produced one of the faster four fault rounds and thus advanced through to stage two of the competition. Alongside Lamaze were 11 other combinations which included a total of seven clear rounds. 

 

Clean rounds were hard to come by in the second stage, as Leopoldo tested the competitors to their limit on a revised course layout. The bar was set high from the first rider in the arena, with a clear jumping round and one time fault from the home favourite, Lamaze. From the next ten riders to enter the International Arena under the famous clock tower only one produced a clear round, Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt aboard LB Convall. 

 

Last to go was Luciana Diniz riding the popular Fit For Fun 13. The packed grandstands fell silent as they saw the combination strive for a clear round and thus deliver a desired jump off. Despite a fantastic effort and brilliant sport, the final oxer proved to be a stretch too far, resulting in victory for Weishaupt. After winning the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen in 2016, his horse has gone from strength to strength and has once again proved himself on the international stage. 

 

Speaking after their victory Weishaupt said, “Every year it’s the same, it’s super tough and to get a double clear here is something very special. Most of the time there is no jump off so it means the first two rounds here can’t get any tougher.

 

“It was a surprise for me to win the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen last year and today I was very lucky and my horse jumped so well. He is just an outstanding animal and I am honoured to ride him.” 

 

With only one double clear round, Leopoldo commented on the course and his strategy behind the design. “This year I had a super field of horses and a super field of riders. I was working for one clean round and in order to achieve that, you have to push them to their limit and I think I did that today. I have built two Olympic courses in the past and I believe this course was harder than someof the games I have seen in my life.” 

 

Weishaupt will travel to CHI Geneva in December as the current live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, looking to continue his fine form in one of the world’s greatest indoor arenas.

 

FINAL RESULTS OF THE CP 'INTERNATIONAL', PRESENTED BY ROLEX

1. Philipp Weishaupt (GER) riding L B Convall (HOLST stallion by Coman x Cascavelle)

2. Luciana Diniz (POR) riding Fit For Fun (HANN mare by For Pleasure x Fabriano)

3. McLain Ward (USA) riding HH Azur (sBs mare by Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui vd Zuuthoeve

4. Emilio Bicocchi (ITA) riding Sassicaia Ares (HOLST gelding by Ephebe Forever La Silla x Optiebeurs Rebel Z)

5. Eric Lamaze (CAN) riding Fine Lady (Hann mare by Forsyth x Drosselklang II)

6. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) riding VDL Groep Verdi Tn (KWPN stallion by Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I)

7. Marco Kutscher (GER) riding Clenur (OLDB by Clarinue x Fernando)

8. Lauren Hough (USA) riding Ohlala (SWB mare by Orlando x Cardento)

9. Sameh el Dahan (EGY) riding Suma's Zorro (AES mare by ARD VDL Douglas)

10. Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) riding G&C Arrayan (KWPN gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Grannus)

 

 

ROLEX’S EQUESTRIAN HERITAGE

Rolex’s support of show jumping dates back more than half a century. The prestigious Swiss watch brand’s close and long-standing association with equestrianism demonstrates its appreciation of a domain in which fair play, equality, horsemanship and tradition highlight superior skill, accuracy and achievement. From Pat Smythe, the greatest female show jumper ever to represent Britain and Rolex’s first equestrian Testimonee in 1957, to Scott Brash, the only rider in history to win three consecutive Majors in the Grand Slam in September 2015, Rolex continues to support riders in the three Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing, all of which demonstrate qualities of excellence and perfection.

 

 

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex, the Swiss watch brand headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

 

 

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