The French riders started this second weekend of competition at the Jumping International de Valence on a strong note. Out of the 6 classes of the day, five made the French national hymn be heard by the delighted crowd at the Haras des Grillons.
The main class of the day, the €35,350 Prix Mercedes-Benz at 1.50m, led to another victory for the rider from Montpellier, Harold Boisset (FRA), still riding his loyal T’Obetty du Domaine.
The Frenchman and the 11-year-old chestnut Selle-Français mare (Kashmir van Schuttershof & Diams du Grasset) were victorious by registering the fastest penalty-free performance in this against-the-clock class with a time of 66.65 seconds. “My horse is amazing on this arena, I think she likes it here! She jumped really well once again. This week, my goal with her is the Grand Prix. I think it’s going to be harder but she’s such in a great shape these days that I believe we might have a real chance.”
Giulia Martinengo Marquet (ITA) & Verdine SZ
Giulia Martinengo Marquet (ITA) and Verdine SZ (Verdi x Heartbreaker) claimed second place with no penalties and a time of 68.65 seconds.
Jessica Springsteen (USA) & RMF Zecilie
Jessica Springsteen (USA) and RMF Zecilie (Acolord x Canturo) were the first to achieve a clear round, eventually finishing in third place with a time of 71.24 seconds.
The couple, Harold Boisset and T’obetty du Domaine, was definitively in its best shape since the beginning of the Jumping, as he was already victorious in the opening class of the CSI4* last week, as well as on the against-the-clock class on Sunday. The couple knows each other very well, Harold has been riding her since 2011, when she was only four years old. He was the one who started the Selle Français mare in competition on the young horses circuit. Since then, they have risen together all the steps that led them to CSI 5* this year. One thing is sure, we will see this leading couple in the Grand Prix Hubside of the CSI 5* this Sunday, with an awaiting crowd to support them!
Harold Boisset (FRA) & T’Obetty du Domaine during the awards ceremony
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Source: Press Release by Solenn Rispail for Jumping International de Valence
Photos: © Sportfot
Categories: CSI 5*