After two days full of youth riders, today the riders of the CDI1* showed off. No less than 31 participants took part in the Prix St. Georges class. World champion Charlotte Fry came, saw and conquered, with over 3% difference.
Her 9-year-old Everdale son Jackson ran to a score of 73.941%, bettering his PR score. The Van Olst-bred gelding was unanimously placed first by the judging panel.
Scores close together
Dutch rider Marieke Ponzo Dieu-de Pundert became second, riding her Haliego (by Diego) to 70.677%. The scores of the rest of the top five were close together: Dominique Fillion followed in third place by sending The Boss (by Boston) to 70.265%. Dutch Quinty Vossers also did well and ended at the fourth place. She rode Inferno (by Everdale) to 70.235%, narrowly missing out on the podium. Belgium’s Jorinde Verwimp completed the top five with Gold Dream vd Kempenhoeve (by Jazz).
The 11-year-old The Boss made his international debut under the Dutch rider Dominique Filion, and he impresses with a third place. “I am of course very happy, this is my first international competition with him. I went with no expectations, although of course you hope to do as well as possible”, Dominique responded enthusiastically afterwards. “And he did very well. It confirmed what I think about this horse. He has a very good attitude.”
Very good memories
This is not the first time Dominique has competed at CDI Lier. In 2020, she managed to win two classes with Frida K. “I really love this competition, it’s so fun riding here. There is always a very good atmosphere. And I have very good memories of CDI Lier with Frida, winning the Small Tour. It is well organized, with eye for the horses, you ride in a nice ambiance, there is a great restaurant and very nice stables. Both for riders and horses it is absolutely amazing to be here.” Back to The Boss. What do you think about your chances for the next couple days? “I haven’t ridden the Inter I test that often yet, so it could still go either way. We are not yet confirmed at this level, but I am looking forward to it. That for sure! We live with the day, so today I’m really very happy”, Dominique concludes.
Photo Charlotte Fry: Digishots