Nicola Philippaerts on top
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 son of former international Ludo Philippaerts managed to be 0.17 seconds faster than VDL rider Leopold van Asten. Leopold was in the lead for a long time with VDL Groep C Tara Z (Zang, Crown Z x Cash), but at the end he had to settle for the runner-up spot. Harrie Smolders finished in third place with Zinius (KWPN, Nabab de Reve x Kannan) after winning the opening class earlier. Maikel van der Vleuten (VDL Groep Quatro) and Lisa Nooren (Hocus Pocus de Muze) took fourth and fifth place respectively.