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The Five Best Riders in the World Face off this Week at the Hubside Jumping CSI 5*

Grimaud, France – September 16, 2020 – After a week of 4* competition, the Hubside Fall Tour will be playing host to its third CSI 5* show of the season (out of the four organised in the world, since the lockdown ended). The five best riders in the world are expected in Grimaud’s ring: in total, twenty-two of the riders present this weekend on the French Riviera are featured in the World top 30! This year, Grimaud has definitely been the capital of show jumping at its highest level. And it’s not over: next week the final CSI 5* outdoor show of the year will be taking place in Grimaud again. Open to everyone, free of charge. It is mandatory to wear a face mask.

Steve, Martin, Daniel, Peder, Pieter…Among others!

Although the five best riders in the world are now familiar with the Hubside Jumping, its huge ring, its high-level facilities and its friendly atmosphere, not all of them have experienced the same level of success there. Steve Guerdat (SUI), the World number one, 2012 Olympic individual gold medallist and three-time winner of the FEI World Cup Final is the rider who has been the most successful at the French Riviera show. The rider from the Swiss canton of Jura, who will be competing in the CSI 2* and the CSI 5* this weekend, will be keen to notch up a fourth or even a fifth Hubside Grand Prix victory, after three previous wins there: once in the 5* Grand Prix in July, with Victorio des Frotards, and twice in the 2* Grands Prix, with Ulysse des Forêts. This weekend, the Swiss rider is back in Grimaud with Victorio, his star horse with four 5* Grand Prix victories in 2020! Nevertheless Guerdat will be faced with some serious competition: his fellow countryman Martin Fuchs (SUI), the current World number 2 and European individual gold medallist, Germany’s Daniel Deusser (#3), Sweden’s Peder Fredricson (#4) and Belgium’s Pieter Devos (#5) will all make it difficult for him.

Gregory Wathelet (BEL)

And they won’t be the only ones, as all the current leading riders are also expected, such as France’s Nicolas Delmotte (FRA), the winner of last week’s Hubside Fall Tour 4* Grand Prix, Brazil’s Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA), the winner of the 5* Grand Prix at the end of August, Great Britain’s Scott Brash (the winner of the 4* Grand Prix on 22 August), Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels (the winner of the 4* Grand Prix on 12 July), the Netherlands Maikel Van der Vleuten (two-time winner of the 4* Grands Prix on 21 and 28 June) and Grégory Wathelet (BEL), who won the Longines Global Champion’s Tour of Valkenswaard last weekend, the only other CSI 5* show this summer excluding the Hubside Jumping.

And what if a woman was victorious this week? Only one woman has won at the Hubside Jumping since it was launched in April 2019, right under the nose of the men: America’s Laura Kraut back in September 2019. This week two serious competitors will be trying to add their name to the Hubside Jumping’s list of winners: France’s Pénélope Leprévost, the current Olympic team 182, Chemin Camp Marin 83310 Grimaud, France gold medallist, and America’s Jessica Springsteen (USA), the winner of the 2019 Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, the Longines Global Champion’s Tour of Saint-Tropez Ramatuelle.

This week the Italian course designer Uliano Vezzani (ITA) will oversee the track of the courses. Three levels of competition will be on offer (CSI 1, 2 and 5*), boasting prize money totalling €490,000 euros, of which €200,000 euros will be for the Hubside Grand Prix CSI 5*.

Source: Press release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping

Photo: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Sportfot