Olivier Philippaerts Claims Round VI of the $35,000 WEF Challenge Cup

Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Ikker
Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Ikker

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 15, 2018 –   Show Jumping competition rounded out the day in the International Ring at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (ADGF) with Round VI of the $35,000 WEF Challenge Cup. Fifty-four athletes and their mounts competed over the 1.50m course designed by Catsy Cruz, and at the end of the day it was Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts who proved victorious aboard Roger Van Nuffelen’s H&M Ikker.

Only six horse-rider combinations cleared  the technical track, which featured a tight first-round time allowed of 72 seconds. Philippaerts and the 10-year-old BWP gelding produced a smooth but fast first round to advance to the jump-off. The two cleared the tiebreaking course with the fastest time of 37.616.

Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Ikker Presentation
Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Ikker are the $35,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round VI winners

The duo have had a successful first trip to the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). They placed fifth in the WEF Challenge Cup Round V. Originally from Belgium, Philippaerts wanted to bring the horses from his string that were not necessarily fit for the small indoor arenas typically found in Europe. Philippaerts thought the big-going horse would be better suited for WEF’s large International Ring and Derby Field.

Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Catch Me Imperio Egipicio
Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Catch Me Imperio Egipicio

Coming in behind for second place was Francisco Jose Musa (BRA) and Daniel Morelli’s Catch Me Imperio Egipicio with a time of 39.28 seconds. Callan Solem (USA) finished third, stopping the timers at 42.628 seconds aboard Davidson, owned by Five Stars Partners.

Callan Solem and Davidson
Callan Solem and Davidson

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Olivier Philippaerts- $35,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round VI winner

On the horse:
“I got this horse when he was 7-years-old, so I’ve had him for quite some time already. I think he’s a very good outdoor horse. The indoor rings didn’t suit him very well – that’s why I brought him here. At home, there wasn’t really the right shows for him. He’s been jumping really well the last few weeks. He’ll finish out this week with the grand prix, then he’ll have a week off before Nations Cup Week. I’ve had the chance to bring the horse up and get him to this level – I think he’s going to be a great horse for the future.”

On the horse being suited for outdoors:
“He needs more room. He’s got a big stride and when we’re indoors, it’s all very short and small. It’s hard for him to do. It’s hard to make him sit in the canter as well – that’s why we’ve found outdoors suits him better.”

On jumping at ADGF:
“It’s a good ring. It’s smaller, but not too small. I’ve jumped him on the grass here and over at WEF on sand – it’s nice to move around and jump different rings while him here. I like it here!”

On being at WEF:
“I’ve always visited a couple time during season, but this is the first time I’ve brought over horses to compete. I brought the horses that weren’t as suited for indoor rings at the shows at home. I’ve got some horses at home and it’s nice to go back and forth a little. I wanted to try it out and see how it went.”

RESULTS

$35,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round VI
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1.  H&M Ikker / Olivier Philippaerts / 0 | 69.36 / 0 | 37.616
2. Catch Me Imperio Egipicio / Francisco Jose Musa / 0 | 67.78 / 0 | 39.28
3. Davidson / Callan Solem / 0 | 71.92 / 0 | 42.628
4. Azrael W / Jose Roberto Reynoso / 0 | 69.83 / 4 | 43.097
5. Mark Q / Kevin Babington / 0 | 69.69 / 8 | 39.957
6. Salto Por Salto Centina / Alexander Imschenetzky / 0 | 69.41
7. Skyhorse / Lillie Keenan / 1 | 72.16
8. Daveau / Jonathon Miller / 1 | 72.2
9. Cacharel / Kelly Soleau-Millar / 1 | 72.2
10. Redmond / Alberto Michan / 1 | 72.69

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