Staged in the Palexpo’s iconic Geneva Arena, 50 riders, representing 15 nations, contested Thursday's feature class – the Trophée de Genève – on the second day of 2022’s edition of CHI Geneva. A determined Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil delivered two phenomenal rounds, thereby taking the victory with his superstar partner VDL Edgar M (Arezzo VDL).
Thrilled with his 13-year-old chestnut gelding’s performance in both rounds, Modolo Zanotelli commented: “He was amazing – he has had such an incredible season, and this is his last show of the year. To have a victory this early in the show is definitely something incredibly special."
“I was lucky to go towards the end of the class so I could watch the rest of the riders and know what I had to do. I know my horse incredibly well now and know his strengths which meant I could take some risks at the beginning of the course – luckily today that was enough to win.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix and asked if he will be partnered by Edgar, Modolo Zanotelli said: “That is the plan, but I am jumping Like A Diamond in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final tomorrow so we will see how she goes and then make a final decision.”
Source: Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping
Photo: Peggy Schröder - Rolex Grand Slam