16 February '24

Convincing victory for Robin van Thillo and Leonardo van de Kapel in the 7-yr-old stallion class

The Zangersheide International
Leonardo van de Kapel - Robin Van Thillo - ©Sportfot (1)

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During this 3rd day of 'The Zangersheide International', the afternoon program today was entirely devoted to the national classes for the young stallions and these were concluded this evening with the class for the 7-year-old stallions. It was a 1.35m class with jump-off and of the 25 combinations that made their appearance, 7 managed to get a spot in the jump-off.

In that jump-off it was the Belgian rider Robin van Thillo who became the winner with the SBS-bred stallion Leonardo van de Kapel, a son of Mithras de Regor and Nabab de Rêve who was bred by Joris van den Berg. Van Thillo and Leonardo van de Kapel also managed to ensure a flawless performance in the jump-off and with a convincing finishing time of 36.49 seconds, they were more than 2 full seconds ahead of the competition.

Leonardo van de Kapel - Robin Van Thillo - ©Sportfot (2)

With this performance, Van Thillo and Leonardo van de Kapel referred Christian Ahlmann and our stallion Dacantos Boy Z to 2nd place in the ranking. As the first combination at the start, Ahlmann and the son of Dacantos and Balous Bellini from breeder Martin Dieckhoff-Holsen had immediately set the tone with a clear round in 38.71 seconds, but ultimately they had to make peace with the first place of honor.

Dacantos Boy Z - Christian Ahlmann - ©Sportfot

The bronze in this denouement of the young stallions went to the Belgian lady rider Liesje Vanderwegen with the Holstein-bred stallion Querido, a son of Quibery 3 and Cassini I from the stud farm of Regina Rühmann. Vanderwegen and Querido also managed a clear round, crossing the finish line in 41.76 seconds.

Querido - Liesje Vanderwegen - ©Sportfot

Furthermore, the German lady rider Angelique Rüsen with our chestnut stallion Astronomic vh Legita Hof Z (Aganix du Seigneur Z x Nabab de Rêve - F: Legita Hof) and the Belgian rider Thibeau Spits with the stallion Gin Flip de Muze Z (Gino H x Elvis Ter Putte - F: Desmedt-De Backer) also managed to make it into the top 5 of the rankings.


Dacantos Boy Z