Grimaud, France – October 07, 2020 – The Hubside Jumping’s season is coming to a close with this second-last week of competition. But the elite of international show jumping has settled in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez this week once again, with almost seventy-five percent of the World Top 30 present in Grimaud for the CSI 4*. In the CSI 2*, the spectators will be the first to attend the farewell of one of their favorite riders. Open to everyone, free of charge. It is mandatory to wear a face mask.
The Gulf de Saint-Tropez and the Hubside Jumping de Grimaud have become the headquarters of world show jumping for good in just one summer. The French Riviera show will play host to all the best European riders once again for its tenth week of competition. 22 riders featured in the Top 30 are expected this weekend, among which the whole of the current Top 5 (Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs, Germany’s Daniel Deusser, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and Belgium’s Pieter Devos). The French Olympic team gold medallists Pénélope Leprévost and Kevin Staut will also be competing, as well as the current World individual gold medallist, Germany’s Simone Blum (GER).
The winners of the previous 4 and 5 * Grands Prix will try to have a second win, like Steve Guerdat, Great Britain’s Scott Brash, Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, France’s Nicolas Delmotte, Ireland’s Denis Lynch, or even a third one, like the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten and Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels.
Thierry Rozier’s First Wave of Farewells at High Level
He has been one of the Hubside Jumping’s loyal riders since the event was launched in 2019. On Monday 5 October, France’s Thierry Rozier announced that he was retiring from high-level competition after the Hubside Jumping’s final date, next week. The rider who was the team silver medallist at the European Young Rider Championships with the French team in 1985 and who is from the Parisian region, is used to being placed in Grimaud: with his Star, he won two CSI 4 and 5* classes in June and July. This week he will be competing in the CSI 2, with Venezia d’Ecaussinnes and Wouest de Cantraie Z. Next week he will take part in the CSI 4*, before hanging up his high-level riding boots and devoting himself to horse trading and coaching.
This week the Italian course designer Andrea Colombo will be in charge of the track of the courses. Three levels of competition will be on offer boasting prize money totalling almost 277,000 euros, of which 100,000 euros will be for the CSI 4* Grand Prix.
Source: Press release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Ljuba Buzzola