Grimaud, France – July 12, 2020 – Experience was the keynote of the 100,000 Grand Prix CSI 4* which gathered together the best riders on the planet, bringing these four weeks of competition to an end in the South of France. Three experienced riders finished on the Hubside Jumping’s final podium for this summer season, ahead of the young generation, which was very threatening in this Grand Prix.
Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels (BEL) was the winner riding Gancia de Muze. He finished ahead of Ireland’s Denis Lynch (IRL) with Cristello and Italy’s Emanuele Guadiano (ITA), with Chalou. The best French rider, and the leader of this young generation of rising stars, Edward Levy (FRA), was fifth with Uno de Cerisy. Last week, during the Hubside Jumping’s 5* Grand Prix, he already finished in an amazing second place.
This afternoon forty-six horse and rider combinations took part in the final 4* Grand Prix of the Hubside Jumping, which for four weeks, played host to the best horses and riders on the planet. Fifteen horse and rider combinations jumped the first round perfectly and went through to the jump-off of the course designed by France’s Cédric Longis, whose track was praised by the riders.
Youthful Energy versus Experience
The first rider in this jump-off, France’s Laurent Goffinet (FRA) with the stallion Atome des Etisses, left the ring with four faults. Edward Levy (FRA), his young fellow countryman, twenty-five years-old, second in last week’s 5* Grand Prix, managed to be the first rider to jump double clear, a great time. After him, two other riders from this young generation also managed to have a perfect second round:
Belgium’s Constant Van Paesschen (BEL) with Isidoor van de Helle, and Italy’s Filippo Bologni (ITA) with Quilazio, who are both twenty-two, were on the other hand, slower than the French rider, who was still in the lead half way through the jump-off. The eight faults of Scotland’s Scott Brash (GBR), the World number 9, and the four faults of Germany’s Christian Ahlmann (GER), the World number 13, distanced two serious threats from the three leading riders.
Tenth to go, Belgium’s Niels Brynseels (BEL) with the experienced Gancia de Muze managed to improve on the time to beat established by Levy. The series of riders to come exclusively featured the experts of the discipline, who wound up distancing our “youngsters” from the podium.
Ireland’s Denis Lynch (IRL) sent shivers down the spine of the Belgian rider, with his extremely fast Cristello, without managing to unseat him from the pole position. The legendary Marcus Ehning (GER) had one pole down, as did France’s Simon Delestre (FRA), with his magical Hermès Ryan.
Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) confirmed the supremacy of the senior riders with a double clear round and third fastest time in this Grand Prix.
This 4* Grand Prix brings a series of four weeks of the Hubside Jumping in Grimaud in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez to an end. The best riders in the world will come face to face again in Var from 10 September, for five weeks of competition, including two 5* shows.
Winner’s Circle – Niels Bruynseels (BEL)
“I know that Gancia de Muze, my mare, can be very fast, but facing the jump-off with such riders, such horses, we can not say that it was of all rest (laughs). I tried to take all the possible risks. I was a little scared when I saw that some riders were getting dangerously close to my mark. Really, victory was not guaranteed … But there is not a word strong enough to describe Gancia. This mare is truly incredible. She won everything in her life and even the long break due to confinement did not stop her in her career. These weeks in the South of France, on the Hubside Jumping, were very positive. Everything is perfect here: what is offered to horses and riders, in terms of facilities, is absolutely flawless. What the organization does for sport is to be commended, really. Thanks to the whole team!”
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Interview: Press release by Daniel Koroloff for Hubside Jumping
Source: Press release by Daniel Koroloff for Hubside Jumping Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Filippo Gabutti
Les Impressions de Niels Bruynseels (BEL)
“Je sais que Gancia de Muze, ma jument, peut être très rapide, mais face à un tel barrage avec de tels cavaliers, de tels chevaux, on ne peut pas dire que ça a été de tout repos (rires). J’ai essayé de prendre tous les risques possibles. J’ai eu quelques frayeurs quand je voyais que certains cavaliers se rapprochaient dangereusement de mon chronomètre. Vraiment, la victoire n’était pas assurée… Mais il n’y a pas de mot assez fort pour décrire Gancia. Cette jument est vraiment incroyable. Elle a tout remporté dans sa vie et même le long break dû au confinement ne l’a pas stoppée dans son parcours. Ces semaines dans le Sud de la France, sur l’Hubside Jumping, ont été très positives. Tout est parfait ici : ce qui est proposé aux chevaux et aux cavaliers, en termes d’installations, est absolument irréprochable. Ce que l’organisation fait pour le sport est à saluer, vraiment. Merci à toute l’équipe!”
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Source: Comuniqué de presse par Daniel Koroloff pour Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Filippo Gabutti