Grimaud, France – May 08, 2021 – Some horses are just like the best French wines, the older the better, more experienced, and yet still have enough zest to provide their riders the sweet taste of victory! After winning the €30,000 Hubside Speed Challenge CSI 5* on Thursday, Simon Delestre (FRA) and Chesall Zimequest soared to another victory during the second week of the Hubside Jumping Spring Tour CSI 5*, 4* & 2*, this time in the €51,400 Hubside Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*.
A total of 43 combinations entered the main ring to compete in the 1.50m class, with nine of them advancing to the tiebreaker, including the likes of Pieter Devos (BEL), Luciana Diniz (POR), Pénélope Leprévost (FRA), Jérôme Guery (BEL) and Henrik von Eckermann (SWE), among others.
In the end, Delestre and the 16-year-old chestnut Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Concerto II) came out on top by posting the fastest clean effort, going through the timers in 36.81 seconds. Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) and Verite Une Prince were faster but their time of 35.80 seconds came at the expense of one rail down.
Pieter Devos (BEL) and Kannabis van de Bucxtale (Contact van de Heffinck x Concorde) powered to second place, leaving all the poles up for the second time, prancing through the finish line in 37.53 seconds.
Jérôme Guery (BEL) and Grupo Prom Milton (Mylord Carthago*HN x Sandro Boy) galloped towards bronze honors in the decisive round, backed by a clean scorecard and a final time of 37.99 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Simon Delestre (FRA)
“Chesall has returned to exceptional form! Already in the first round of this event I had a fantastic feeling. I don’t have to put any pressure on him, he’s very good with me again, he’s a player again. A jump-off with him, when he is in this state of mind, it’s a treat: you can take so many risks because he is so talented, respectful and agile! When he is in this kind of disposition, he can win everything and has already shown it. It is no coincidence that he was crowned “Best Horse in the World” in 2016. I must admit that I was a little afraid of the dam of Pénélope: her mare is very fast, but I think I delivered the optimal jump-off performance, the best I could do without demanding too much of the horse for the next competition. That is obviously the main thing for me.”
Final Results – €51,400 Hubside Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*
1) Simon Delestre (FRA) & Chesall Zimequest – 0 / 0 – 36.81
2) Pieter Devos (BEL) & Kannabis van de Bucxtale – 0 / 0 – 37.53
3) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Grupo Prom Milton – 0 / 0 – 37.99
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Source / Interview: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Filippo Gabutti