|Niels Bruynseels and his incredible mare Gancia de Muze (Malito de Reve x Nimmerdor) delivered a truly jaw-dropping jump-off to take home the victory for Belgium in Sunday’s CSI5* €300.000 Grand Prix Rolex powered by Audi at Knokke Hippique 2018.
After having won the five-star Grand Prix competitions at Knokke Hippique’s sister event Brussels Stephex Masters in 2016 and 2017, and more recently the Rolex Grand Prix of Den Bosch, expectations were high for home hero Bruynseels who did not disappoint all those that had come to watch him today.
Thirty degrees, blue skies, sun and packed with spectators, it was always going to be an amazing atmosphere for the feature class of Knokke Hippique 2018 – the Grand Prix Rolex powered by Audi.
Fourteen riders out of the 46 in the competition managed to produce clear rounds over the thirteen-fence track set by Italian mastermind Uliano Vezzani, to move on to the jump-off. “I think it was a super course today, and not because I won,” Bruynseels commented after the Grand Prix. “It was a fair course, because these horses have to jump not only this weekend – it’s every weekend or every second weekend – and this did not take everything out of them. It was a great job by the course designer.”