CSI 4*

Spencer Smith & Theodore Manciais Earn Top Honors in €100,000 Grand Prix CSI 4* at Jumping International de Valence

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This day marked the closure of an intense first weekend of competition at the Jumping International de Valence. It was the meeting point of an exceptional set of riders for the CSI 2* and the CSI 4* as the high-level €100,000 Axeria-SFAM Grand Prix CSI 4* only showed one clear round, the young American Spencer Smith (USA).

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Spencer Smith (USA) & Theodore Manciais

The American rider, only twenty-one years old, was the first to begin the difficult class. His fluent and clear round made both riders and crowd believe in an easy task, he was however the only one in the Grand Prix to achieve it. Riding his 11-year-old Selle Français gelding Théodore Manciais (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Power Light), the couple didn’t even have to prove itself again in the jump-off. The difficult course designed by Uliano Vezzani tricked more than one rider, especially the head liners of the competition such as Cian O’Connor (IRL), Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Carlos Lopez (COL), Scott Brash (GBR), Olivier Robert (FRA) or even Simon Delestre (FRA), all making at least four penalties.

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Spencer Smith (USA) & Theodore Manciais

“The final line (jumps 11, 12 and 13 – ed) was the most technical to approach: the oxer on water was really regarding and we had to be careful with the palanque,” disclosed the winner. Eric Lamaze’s (CAN) student is still anewcomer on the CSI 4*, but thanks to his coach’s great advices, he rises step by step: “I think it was a good thing to be the first to start in this Grand Prix. I didn’t believe that this class was more difficult than any other. Eric advised me to stay calm, relaxed and to ride peacefully my horse. And it worked! I don’t know if I’m going to be there next weekend, it will be decided in a few days. We’re staying in Europe until this winter, after that, I’ll go back home in Wellington. Until then, I hope to participate in several indoor competitions and I would love to join the World Cup circuit’s classes.”

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Katherine “Katie” Dinan (USA) & Dougie Douglas

There were only two other riders who managed a clear round on the jumps, but respectively received one and two penalties because of the time, the American Katherine Dinan (USA) and the French Aldrick Cheronnet (FRA), finishing in second and third position of this Grand Prix.

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Aldrick Cheronnet (FRA) & Atlantis by Wisbecq

The French rider reveals: “I’m pretty happy with my horse. It’s not my lead horse but I chose to ride him a bit more. Seeing that the class led to many mistakes, I decided not to care about time, I did not mind to eventually have time penalties. Atlantys by Wisbecq jumped well and I’m delighted with this third place!”

The Jumping International de Valence starts all over again next week from August 23th to August 26th and set the appointment for all riders and spectators!

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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