Efter et tæt opgør var det hollænderen Ijsbrand Chardon, der vandt den spændende afdeling af FEI World Cuppen i Mechelen, Belgien, for første gang i sin karriere. Chardon fastholdt sit forspring foran hans nærmeste konkurrent fra Australien, Boyd Exell for anden gang i denne sæson mens tredjepladsen gik til Jerome Voutaz fra Schweiz.

Mechelen, Belgien
Five-time Mechelen-winner Koos de Ronde (NED) was a fraction of a second too slow to qualify for the winning round, in which the top three drivers started from scratch again. Glenn Geerts (BEL), who competed with a wild card, as well as Exell and De Ronde took the fifth place.

Dutch Level 4 Course Designer Jeroen Houterman had designed a challenging course with three marathon type obstacles and a bridge. Boyd Exell made a mistake twice in the third marathon obstacle, which cost him precious seconds in the first round and a knock down in the winning round: “In the first round I came in too fast and the loop in my reins was too long,” explained Exell. “This was a driver mistake. In the winning round my rein got caught at the bottom of my whip.  But I am very pleased with my horses and have to be a good sportsman, so I am happy with my second place.”

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