Belgian Gregory Wathelet winner in Chantilly, France
In the magical backdrop of the beautiful Chateau and the Grand Ecuries Royal Stables, the Belgian rider was Saturday 18 July the protagonist of Chantilly stage of the Tour
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Gregory Wathelet with Conrad de Hus won amazingly The Gran Prix of Global Champion Tour in Chantilly, France. The level of competition in the Grand Prix was phenomenal and only a few rider and horse combinations were able to pull off double clears, with just three riders going through to an electrifying jump off. The Morocco's Abdelkebir Ouaddar and his charismatic stallion Quickly de Kreisker obtained the second place, and French favourite Pénélope Leprevost took third place, and her second podium of the year, with her bay stallion Vagabond de la Pomme. The challenging big course set by Uliano Vezzani produced several upsets in the first round with John Whitaker (GBR), Patrice Delaveau (FRA) and last year's winner Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) retiring and many of the horses spooking at the long water jump.
The gappy wall caused at least five more horses to refuse, and the Longines triple combination also posed many problems, even for the most experienced of horses and riders. The fence catching out many of the top riders out was the big oxer before the triple combination, with the related distance causing issues and leaving many horses with the first part of the fence down. "My horse jumped extremely well in the first round and then just got better and better. I'd like to thank my horse for this wonderful victory here in Chantilly”, Gregory Wathelet said after winning