Grimaud, France – September 23, 2020 – She was the only rider among all the current individual gold medallists who hadn’t competed at the Hubside Jumping’s facilities in Grimaud. Among the riders competing, on Wednesday the Haras des Grillons’ big ring on the French Riviera will be playing host to Germany’s Simone Blum (GER), whose last performance in France dates back to May 2019! Open to everyone, free of charge. It is mandatory to wear a face mask.
She is rarely seen at shows. Since she won her World individual gold medal, exactly two years ago, on 23 September 2018, Germany’s Simone Blum (GER) has taken part in less than twenty-five international competitions. The individual gold medallist had never come to the Hubside Jumping de Grimaud before now. She was the only one among the current individual gold medallists: Nick Skelton (GBR), the Olympic individual gold medallist was spotted on the edge of the ring this summer, alongside his partner who was competing, while the European individual gold medallist and the current winner of the Longines FEI World Cup Final, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs (SUI) and Steve Guerdat (SUI), are regulars at the show. The lady rider with DSP Cool Hill is undoubtedly the guest star of this ninth Hubside Jumping event and the fourth CSI 5* show organised here. Despite this, she will face some tough competition, as this week once again, there are an exceptional number of big names who are determined to fight it out. Let’s already mention her fellow countrymen, German riders who dream of a victory here in Grimaud, but who have been unsuccessful in the 5* Grands Prix for the moment: Christian Ahlmann (GER), Daniel Deusser (GER) and Marcus Ehning (GER), who have won in the most beautiful rings in the world… but not in Grimaud for the moment!
The World top 5 are present this week once again, as is Ireland’s Denis Lynch (IRL), the winner of the 5* Grand Prix last Sunday. As for France, the leading riders and current Olympic team gold medallists will be present, accompanied by Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Edward Levy (FRA), who are used to being centre stage at the Hubside Jumping. They will be joined by Benôit Cernin (FRA), in particular, the current French Pro Elite category title holder.
Source: Press release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
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