Gudrun Patteet Wins Sunshine Tour’s CSI3* Grand Prix a Hair Ahead of British Rider Kayleigh Watts

Gudrun Patteet, CSI3 star Grand Prix Sunshine Tour

Gudrun Patteet Wins Sunshine Tour’s CSI3* Grand Prix a Hair Ahead of British Rider Kayleigh Watts

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There was a great atmosphere in the stands as the Sunshine Tour’s Grand Prix class kicked off this weekend (23/02/2020). With top riders Roger Yves Bost, Gudrun Patteet, Laura Kraut, Alberto Zorzi, Harry Charles and the 72 year old, Michel Robert lined up to compete, it was clear the class would be hotly contested.

It was a close run duel between two top lady riders in the jump-off, with €51.100 overall in prize money

A total of 16 riders went through to the jump-off, in a course designed by Louis Koninckx.  Gudrun Patteet from Belgian riding Sea Cost Kashmira Z took the lead from Kayleigh Watts, the very successful British rider, by a mere hair’s breadth. This was the second GP class that Gudrun has won at the XXVI Sunshine Tour and it was very clear from the start that she went out to win.

For a while it really appeared that no one could catch Kayleigh, her time of 33,94sec was so fast. Many riders tried but by riding that fast their luck failed them and they clipped a pole. Most notable was Matthew Sampson, with the fabulous mare Geneve R who had the last down. Ashford Farm rider, Joseph Clayton with Like a Diamond Van Het Schaeck, rode a brilliant clear to put another Brit into the top three. From the moment Gudrun entered the arena, all eyes were on her. The round was flawless and she slid in to lead by a mere 0.02 of a second!

Gudrun Patteet, CSI3 star Grand Prix Sunshine Tour
FEATURE IMAGE: Gudrun Patteet, CSI3 star Grand Prix Sunshine Tour. ®Oxer Sport

I am so proud of my mare it was fantastic. I didn’t manage to see Kayleigh go but they told me that she had ridden very fast and I knew I had to go all out if I wanted to beat her [Kayleigh Watts]. I stayed calm in the first line as I didn’t want to surprise the mare too early on, but then I risked it and went as fast as possible at full pelt!”

Said Gudrun Patteet following the 1.50m Grand Prix class, sponsored by the Diputación de Cádiz.

The audience was full and graced by many of the best riders and equestrian names in the world. Sitting in the stands and the VIP area we noticed such names as Jan Tops, Nick Skelton, Ludo Philippaerts, Gilbert de Roock, Jos lansink and Peter Charles.

Kayleigh has enjoyed an amazing week at the Tour and this was the icing on the cake, taking second place in the CSI3* with Ninkie de VY Z, she said;

I didn’t think I would get this result today [Sunday], I really didn’t! Ninkie jumped amazingly, there were a lot of clears in the first round so coming second is amazing. The jump off went really well for us and she always gives her all in the ring, so I was really confident in taking the risk, riding fast and going all out to be competitive. I am really lucky to be able to compete here.”

In the 1.45m, Big Tour, Longines Ranking class, Marcel Marschall and Crystal 17 took the win. Alice Watson won the 1.30m in a class that had 45 entries and 31 clears.

The 1.45m, Medium Tour GP sponsored by the Ayuntamiento de Vejer, was won by the Irish rider Jennifer Kuehnle with the 10yr old Arlo de Blondel, beating the British rider Max Routledge into second place and the Swiss rider Martina Meroni took third. Martina was also second behind another Brit, Jessica Hewitt and Hot Bluebird.

The Medium Tour A, 1.30m class was won by the very successful Portuguese rider Marina Frutuoso who is well known here at the Tour. Riding her gelding Cantano who was also second in the 1.35m class on Friday, where she beat herself with her other horse, Chassana. Overall a great week for her. The Spanish rider Irene Horvath was second in this class, having returned to competition last season she has already had great success including winning the Silver Medal in the Campeonato de España that was in December.

The Small Tour winners were Kristina Klevanova, Aude Bagattin and Kyle Bedfortin in the 1.35m, 1.20m and 1.10m classes (resp).

Overall, it was a great weekend of jumping with around 1,400 horses competing in the Sunshine Tour arenas.

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