Grimaud, France – October 11, 2020 – Stories with lots of unexpected developments are frequent at the Hubside Jumping! After the double victories of the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels (BEL), itwas the turn of Scotland’s Scott Brash (GBR) to win a second €100,000 Grand Prix CSI 4* in 2020 here in Grimaud. However, the British rider already had a head start on his rivals in terms of victories: he also won a CSI 2* Grand Prix this year as well as a CSI 4* Grand Prix last year!
Before the competition started, the commentator had already informed the spectators onsite that the Hubside Jumping’s 4* Grand Prix was very similar to a 5* Grand Prix! Indeed Andrea Colombo (ITA), the Italian course designer, had done his homework about the line-up of entries and the quality of those competing before building his course: eight of the forty-six riders qualified found the key to the first round – perfect!
Simon Delestre (FRA), one of the two French riders qualified for this second round against the clock, was first to go in the jump-off (which is never easy), with his fast and experienced Chesall Zimequest. The combination from Lorraine jumped double clear, at a good pace. Despite this, one of the combinations which is very regular at this level of competition immediately improved on his time.
Emmanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and his unique Chalou who were also double clear and faster than the French rider. Belgium’s Pieter Devos (BEL), who was third to go on Jade vd Bisscop didn’t have any poles down but wasn’t as quick. Germany’s Daniel Deusser (GER), the World number three, was less lucky than the previous riders and had four faults, with Casallvano.
Scotland’s Scott Brash (GBR), the fifth rider to go in this jump-off with Hello Jefferson, which was perhaps the most exciting one that the Hubside Jumping had offered its spectators this year, relegated the provisional leader Gaudiano to the second place: the World number ten jumped clear and was forty hundredths of a second faster!
Julien Epaillard (FRA), renowned for being one of the fastest riders in the world, Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels (BEL), whose name will unquestionably be linked to this second season of the Hubside Jumping after his two Grand Prix victories, and the World number 2 and the current European individual gold medallist, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs (SUI), were the “only” riders left to go. The first two, respectively with Alibi de la Roque and Delux Van T&L both had a pole down while Matin and Silver Shine had two poles down. The die had been cast. The British national anthem was played in honour of Scott Brash’s victory in a Grand Prix for the third time this season, on this final day of this tenth week of competition at the Hubside Jumping.
Winner’s Circle – Scott Brash (GBR)
It was a great Grand Prix! Running a jump-off eight, with forty-six starters in the first round, really corresponds to the perfect quota of qualifiers: the course manager Andrea Colombo did a great job, despite the field which must have given him a hard time. Of course, it’s easier for me to point it out, being one of those eight jump-offs, but really, the layout and the level of this Grand Prix were exceptional! The jump-off was really fast paced, very fast, with a long gallop to the last obstacle, where I think I managed to save time.
My horse, Hello Jefferson, is very fast on the ground, and very quick to chain obstacles. He’s so respectful that I trust him blindly when it comes to giving everything in the last row, measuring the distance he needs: I trust the compass he has in his eye completely. I will be back next week for the last date of the season for the Hubside Jumping. In two years of competition here in Grimaud, I have already won two 4 * Grand Prix and one 2 * Grand Prix. Count on me to give it my all next weekend. The best horses and riders will of course be present, as usual, it will not be easy, but I will try the pass of four!
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Interview: Press release by Daniel Koroloff for Hubside Jumping
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Scott Brash décroche la victoire dans l’épreuve majeure de cette semaine de compétition à l’Hubside Jumping – le Grand Prix CSI 4* 1,55 m – aux commandes de Hello Jefferson, le tout dans un style impressionnant.
Les Impressions de Scott Brash (GBR)
C’était un super Grand Prix ! Courir un barrage à huit, avec quarante-six partants au premier tour, correspond vraiment au quota parfait de qualifiés : le chef de piste Andrea Colombo a fait un super travail, malgré le plateau qui a dû lui donner du fil à retordre. Bien sûr, c’est plus simple pour moi de le faire remarquer, en faisant partie de ces huit barragistes, mais vraiment, le tracé et le niveau de ce Grand Prix étaient exceptionnels ! Le barrage était vraiment trépidant, très rapide, avec une longue galopade jusqu’au dernier obstacle, là où, je pense, je suis parvenu à gagner du temps.
Mon cheval Hello Jefferson est très rapide au sol, et très rapide pour enchaîner les obstacles. Il est tellement respectueux que je lui fais une confiance aveugle lorsqu’il s’est agi de tout donner dans la dernière ligne, de mesurer la distance dont il avait besoin : je fais entièrement confiance au compas qu’il a dans l’œil.Je serai de retour la semaine prochaine, à l’occasion de la dernière date de la saison pour l’Hubside Jumping. En deux ans de compétition ici à Grimaud, j’ai déjà remporté deux Grands Prix 4* et un Grand Prix 2*. Comptez sur moi pour tout donner le week-end prochain. Les meilleurs chevaux et cavaliers seront bien sûr présents, comme d’habitude, la tâche ne sera pas simple, mais je vais tenter la passe de quatre!
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Source: Comuniqué de presse par Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication pour Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Ljuba Buzzola