13 February '24

Grand Prix bronze for Bart Clarys and Arrive Z in Lier

Arrive Z - Bart Clarys - ©Lies Vancouillie

© Lies Vancouillie

On Belgian soil, the international show jumping team gathered again at the Hazebroek family's Azelhof in Lier last weekend for a two-star competition. Belgian rider Bart Clarys had a successful weekend there with the 12-year-old mare Arrive Z, a daughter of Andiamo Z and Carthago who saw the light of day with breeder Frans Princen. Clarys and Arrive Z jumped into the picture for the first time on Friday with a 4th place in the 1.45m Longines Ranking Test, but the duo also had a leading role in the CSI2* GP on Sunday afternoon. After a clear first round, they were one of 14 combinations who managed to qualify for the jump-off, in which they managed to secure 3rd place after another flawless performance.

Also jumping in the prizes twice in Lier were German rider Isabelle Grandke and the 15-year-old mare Quukske Z, a daughter of Quasimodo Z and Lupicor bred in the Netherlands by Esther Manders. Grandke and Quukske Z already started their competition on Thursday with a 6th place in the 1.40m class and during the 1.45m Longines Ranking Test on Friday they followed just behind Clarys and Arrive Z in 5th place in the rankings.

This 1.40m class on Thursday then saw another podium place for Dutch rider Bart Lips with the 12-year-old gelding Davinci Z, a son of Dutch Capitol and St. Ludwigs Aquillino bred in the Netherlands by De Claesstraete Stables. In a class against the clock, he managed to secure 2nd place in the standings after a fast clear round. There was also a 2nd place for former Belgian vice-champion Thibeau Spits with the 8-year-old stallion Conrad Quality Z, a breeding product of Koen Terryn who combined the blood of Connor with that of Corrado I. Spits and Conrad Quality Z jumped to a 2nd place in the 1.40m class on Friday where they kept nicely clear in both the 1st and 2nd phases.

Finally, there were also two blue/yellow victories in Lier, both in a 1.35m class. The opening day on Thursday saw Belgian rider Koen De Waele winning with his 12-year-old homebred gelding Simply Magic KDW Z (Hunter's Scendix x Caretino), while on Saturday Ivorian rider Rania Dindane jumped to victory with the 8-year-old mare Diabolique TMS Z (Diamant de Semilly x Toulon - B : Tal Milstein Stables).


Translated by deeple.com