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Indoor Brabant joined the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Indoor Brabant is the fourth Major in this Grand Slam and joins the three top events CHIO Aachen in Germany, CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Calgary, Canada and CHI Geneva in Switzerland, the home base of Rolex.

In one of the most dramatic Grand Prix in Indoor Brabant's long history, Leopold van Asten riding VDL Groep Zidane N.O.P. today won the Rolex Grand Prix. Established in 1967, and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this leading show has a long history of attracting the very best riders, and with 12 of the World’s Top 20 taking part, 2017 proved to be a sporting classic which resulted in Dutch riders also taking second and third place.

In 2018 the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping will welcome Indoor Brabant as the fourth Major in equestrian sport. Established in 1967, and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Indoor Brabant will join CHIO Aachen (Germany), CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ (Canada) and CHI Geneva (Switzerland) in the ranks of long-standing traditional Major shows.   

Saturday evening traditionally starts with the Van Schijndel Bouwgroep Indoor Derby. A spectacular class with fences in the main arena of the Brabanthal but also in the paddock in the promo village. It requires strength and endurance.

Reigning champion, Hans Peter Minderhoud, produced a sensational personal-best performance with Glock’s Flirt to win the ninth and last qualifying leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016/2017 Western European League on home turf in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today.

Dressage legend Parzival of Adelinde Cornelissen said farewell to the public on Satuday afternoon. Adelinde said thank you to Parzival and all who contributed to his career. “The best thing is that we did it together. Teamwork makes the dream work.“

Marc Houtzager was the fastest in the main class of Friday evening, the VDL Groep Prize, a table A competition 1.55m. Houtzager crossed the finish line in the jump-off in 36.17 seconds with the KWPN gelding Sterrehof’s Calimero (v. Quidam de Revel).

The Gemeente ‘s-Hertogenbosch Prize, a competition against the clock with fences up to 1.45m, was won by Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts with the 13-year-old mare Ustina Sitte (Clinton x Parco).

The Grand Prix U25 was convincingly won by Anne Meulendijks and her 12-year-old KWPN gelding MDH Avanti (by United). The combination had a good performance and 19 excercises were awarded eights by at least one member of the jury. The final result 72,395%.

No less than six Dutch riders finished in the top ten of the opening class, the Brabants Dagblad Prize, on Friday afternoon. The winner had the Dutch nationality too: Harrie Smolders who passed the finish line in 55.95 seconds with the 10-year-old French mare Tendresse du Fort (by Calvaro) in this competition against the clock.

Belgium’s Isabel Cool was first to enter the arena with Constand (by Vic) and immediately set the winning score of 71.842%. Holland’s Ilse van Cranenbroek was a close second with Emerald S (by Ampere) and was therefore the best dutch combination.

Germany’s dressage queen Isabell Werth won the FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix this afternoon. She received a great score of 80% with her 11-year-old Westphalian gelding Emilio 107 (by Ehrenpreis).