|“My horse is so fast” Verlooy said. “I had my own plan today. I heard that Laura went right and then left to the second last fence, and that it saved a lot of time. My horse is a bit inexperienced but I thought to myself that I was going to take the risk, it is a home show so I decided to do everything and see what would happen. And it worked out as planned and I can’t thank my horse enough! He is inexperienced, but he really did the job!” smiled the happy winner.
“I have ridden Japatero since he was five, and now he starts to get ready for the bigger level – even to win,” Verlooy explained. “This was a very nice victory for him, he really deserves it – he has a lot of capacity and today he showed what he really can do.”
Fresh from his CSIO5* Grand Prix victory in Rotterdam last weekend with Caracas, as well as his Nations Cup victory for Team Belgium with Igor – Verlooy is on a winning streak and confident ahead of Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke Hippique. “Caracas is on form, so I will just ride as good as possible and try to keep it going – but also enjoy the moment as much as I can!” concluded Verlooy.
The American ladies were on fire this evening, with Margie Goldstein-Engle really hunting the leading time on Dicas (Diarado x Cassini I) but this time around the 60-year-old veteran had to settle for the third place behind Verlooy – who is 38 years her junior – as well as Krau