13 February '24

Kannavara Z triumphs in the CSI2* GP of Oliva

Kannavara Z - Constant van Paesschen - ©Hervé Bonnaud (1)

© Hervé Bonnaud

Besides the second week of the Moura Tours in Valencia, last week on Spanish soil also saw the start of a new showjumping tour at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour of Oliva. The CSI2* GP on Sunday resulted in a victory for Belgian rider Constant van Paesschen with the 10-year-old mare Kannavara Z, a daughter of Kannan and Contender bred by Dave Blyau. Van Paesschen and Kannavara Z also won a class in Oliva last month and were one of 10 combinations to qualify for the jump-off on Sunday. In it, they had the luxury of being the very last combination to start again and with a clear round in 40.66 seconds they managed to outclass the competition again.

Constant van Paesschen: "Kannavara came to me at the end of last year. In the beginning we had some trouble getting to know each other, it wasn't as easy as I thought. Now I feel she understands me completely, and is with me. I knew Kannavara is fast and in the end I think the jump-off just suited me today. Maybe my luck was that the first line was a bit short for most and for me it was basically just riding. Furthermore, I don't lose any time because Kannavara is fast on the ground. She jumped even better in the second round than in the first."

Kannavara Z - Constant van Paesschen - ©Hervé Bonnaud (2)

Furthermore, French rider Guillaume Foutrier also managed to jump to a top 5 ranking with the 9-year-old gelding Top of the Bill 89 Z, a son of Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve and Andiamo from the breeding farm of Nick Verlies. Foutrier and Top of the Bill 89 Z were also good for a 6th place at the 1.45m GP Qualifier on Thursday and managed a 5th place at the CSI2* GP. Italian rider Angelica Canonici and the 11-year-old gelding Vertigo Z (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Kannan - B: Tops Horse Trading BV) followed a little further down the leaderboard in 8th place.

On Sunday as well, the CSI2* competition had the Gold 1.40m class on the programme and in it, Italian rider Riccardo Pisani managed to jump to a top ranking with Johan Thijs' breeding product Charlemagne JT Z, the 14-year-old grey gelding by Cachas and Carthago Z. In both the 1st and 2nd phases, Pisani and Charlemagne JT Z managed to keep nicely clear and this performance earned them a 4th place in the standings.

On Saturday there was a blue/yellow victory in Oliva and this was achieved by young Belgian rider Jules Denutte with the 8-year-old mare Gaviotta Pommex Z, a breeding product of Geert Baertsoen who combined the blood of Gangster de Longchamps with that of Kannan. In the Gold 1.35m class, Denutte and Gaviotta Pommex Z sped to the finish in 60.22 seconds, giving them a slight edge over the competition.

Finally, there was also a podium place for Belgian Juniors Champion Mathieu Guery with his top 10-year-old mare Tender Dream Hero Z, a daughter of Thunder van de Zuuthoeve and Carthago Z from breeder Luc Henry. During the Gold 1.40m class on Thursday, Guery and Tender Dream Hero Z kept clear in both 1st and 2nd phases and this earned them 2nd place in the standings.


Translated by Deeple.com