Last week, Gilles travelled to Canada with Aretino and Calleryama for the Spruce Meadows 'Masters'. This five-star competition is part of the Rolex Grand Slam. The Grand Prix there is considered one of the toughest five-star GPs with multiple obstacles over a height of 1.70m. For Gilles, it was immediately the first time he got to participate in this prestigious competition.
The highlight was therefore the Spruce Meadows CN International presented by Rolex on Sunday. After two rounds, only Daniel Deusser with Killer Queen, Steve Guerdat with Venard de Cerisy and Gilles with Aretino remained clear. After the jump-off, Gilles eventually finished in third place.
On Saturday, Gilles already appeared with Calleryama at the start for the Belgian team in the Nations Cup. In each round, 4 penalty points followed for this combination and the Belgian team ended ute finally in sixth place in this Nations Cup.
It was a busy few weeks with the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome a week earlier. Here Feromas Van Beek and Luna van het Dennehof competed. For Feromas there was an eighth place in the 1.45m class on the first day. Luna finished ninth in the second class of the Global Champions League. In the Grand Prix that followed, Gilles and Luna were charged 4 penalty points.
From 25 to 28 August, the Stephex Brussels Masters were on the programme. This time it was the turn of Aretino, Calleryama, Elfra Van Beek Z, Ermitage Kalone and Jetric Van Beek. It was a successful week with several placings. These included a win for Elfra Van Beek Z in the final for 7- and 8-year-old horses on Saturday. The same day, there was also a third place for Ermitage Kalone in the CSI3* 1.45m class. Aretino has been in blood form lately and he showed that again this weekend by finishing seventh in the CSI5* 1.55m class on Friday. Calleryama also showed her best side, finishing tenth in the CSI3* Grand Prix.
This weekend, Gilles will stay at home and compete in the CSI2* De Kraal International in Zandhoven.