Pius Schwizer on top in Mechelen

Pius Schwizer on top in Mechelen
Fourteen combinations qualified for the Jump-Off in the 1.45m CSI5* Last Chance class. The last training class for the five star  riders before the FEI World Cup (LIVE). First at the start was Belgium's Pieter Devos who guided his 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Jade v. Bisschop (Ogano Sitte) faultless through the finish in 33.27 seconds.

1. Pius Scwhizer - Cortney Cox
2. Harrie Smolders - Zinius
3. Christian Kukuk - Botaro

It was seven combinations later the world number one show jumping rider, Harrie Smolders bested Devos' time. Aboard his 14-year-old KWPN-gelding, Zinius (Nabab de Reve) Smolders stopped the time in 33.26 seconds taking the lead. Germany's Christian Kukuk followed and made it a close call.

In the saddle of the 8-year-old Balou du Rouet-son, Botaro the German rider was satisfied with a temporary runner-up position that eventually turned into a third place. As Swiss show jumping rider, Pius Schwizer set a record time with Cortney Cox (Carlo).

Pieter Devos eventually placed fourth while Piergiorgio Bucci completed the top five with Cochello (Casall).