The second qualification class of Flanders Horse Event took place yesterday. Today’s Grand Prix promises to be thrilling. Thrilling, and sport of the highest level when we look at the participants.
Ten riders were clear in the first round and qualified for the jump off. But one of them was the best. The first one to enter the arena, speed and elegance were her trademark: Tiffany Foster and Cadalora P, 32 and 9 years old. Soon, the others realized it was no use trying to beat the time of 36.46 sec. A surprising Suus Kluyten, although she did not come close to Tiffany’s time, obtained the second place. Wouter Devos and Emporio van ‘t Holeinde obtained the third place after a very clever ride. Here we were, waiting for the winner and best Belgian rider of the Prize Neptunus.
Tiffany Foster is glowing. Her victory is clearly motivating, just before she leaves for the Olympics in Rio to defend her country’s honour. She will be part of the Canadian team with Amy Millar, Yann Candele and Olympic champion Eric Lamaze. Her home base is Artisan Farms in Vrasene, Belgium. She chose to ride in Beervelde because the show has all the ingredients she needs for a good training.
- Great show, good ground, nice people. It feels like a holiday. It’s my third time here and I am very pleased to be here again. Cadalora is super fast, I’ve had him for a few years and I knew my time would be hard to beat. I am pretty confident about the Grand Prix, I want to win it. Although I might leave a little chance to Pieter Devos (smiles).
She happy and charming, this rider from Vancouver who received the ‘Leading Canadian Rider Award’ in Spruce Meadows last year.
- My best moments? My fifth place in the Grand Prix of Aachen a few weeks ago. But my focus is on Rio right now. Triple X leaves for Brazil tomorrow, it’s a super horse that Ben Maher and Eric Lamaze rode before me. My ambitions? Gold!
I don’t go for any less than that! (laughs) I almost forgot, I also won the two star Grand Prix in Antwerp this year with my eleven year old Contendro descendant Brighton. And who was second in that Grand Prix? The man that just joined us, Wouter Devos.
Wouter: “Yes, I was so close, but I knew I couldn’t beat Tiffany. I learned my lesson yesterday, I was too hasty then. Flanders Horse Event is the right level for me. The classes suit me, like Bonheiden and Lier – where I won the Grand Prix. That means I have to be able to end up in the prize giving after the Grand Prix. A lot is possible at the right time and with the right horse. Maybe I could become Belgian champion some day. I have been close to that title two years ago, when I won bronze with Tonik Hero. My biggest ambition: to ride the Grand Prix in Mechelen. But let’s focus on Beervelde first.’
Tiffany and Wouter, two riders to keep an eye on during the Grand Prix.