The Jumping de Valence showed its international colours yesterday. If the day began with the French hymn, it pursued with victory from all around the world: Great Britain, USA, Belgium and last but not least, Austria.
The highlight of this Saturday was obviously the €30,300 SFAM – GBG Assurances Grand Prix of the CSI 2*: fifty riders participating in the class, ten in the jump-off and finally, the American Laura Hite (USA) took the first place.
Riding her 10-year-old gelding, Calypso v/d Zuuthoeve, former horse of the Belgian rider Gudrun Patteet (BEL), she managed an unbeatable time of 41.69 seconds. “It’s my first time winning a Grand Prix, I’m over the moon! The crowd is amazing, the atmosphere is great, one thing is sure: I’ll be back next year!” she revealed.
Second place went to the British Louise Whitaker (GBR), the daughter of the legendary John Whitaker, with more than a second behind the winner of the class with a time of 43.05 seconds. Max Kühner (AUT) took the third place riding his handsome Chardonnay in 43.48 seconds.
The two classes of the CSI 2* in the morning were won by the French Philippe Leoni in the opening Prix Hubside and by the British rider Jessica Mendoza in the following class, the Prix Smartphone Recycle / Seaver.
Laura Hite (USA) & Calypso v/d Zuuthoeve
Today is the last day of this first weekend of competition at Haras des Grillons with the Grand Prix Axeria / SFAM which will start at the beginning of the afternoon. The arena will await its crowd since 10 am for the first class of the day.
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Source: Press Release by Solenn Rispail / Agence R&B Presse for Jumping International de Valence
Photos: © Agence R&B Presse / Solenn Rispail
Categories: CSI 2*