La Baule, France – June 13, 2021 – Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Urvoso du Roch stole the spotlight this Sunday, claiming the win in the €200,000 Longines Grand Prix of La Baule CSIO 5* for Les Bleus on home soil to conclude the 60th edition of the Longines Jumping International of La Baule CSIO 5*.
Fifty pairs were on the start list of the most important individual class of the week there. Number two to go, the French pair Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Urvoso du Roch was also the first to clear the course designed by Frédéric Cottier (FRA). He was imitated by the Swiss Martin Fuchs (SUI) and Leone Jei, then by the French Laurent Goffinet (FRA) and Atome des Etisses, the Egyptian Mouda Zeyada (EGY) and Galanthos SHK, the Irish Bertram Allen (IRL) and Harley vd Bisshop and the Italian Filippo Marco Bologni (ITA) and Quilazio.
The public had the pleasure to watch a jump-off with six pairs. First to go, Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and the 13-year-old chestnut Selle Français gelding (Nervoso x Grand d’Escla) achieved a new clear-round in 45’’83.
Laurent Goffinet (FRA) and Atome des Etisses (Mylord Carthago*HN x Quidam de Revel) were the only other combination to go clean in the 1.60m challenge during the tiebreaker, but in 46’’06 seconds, a mark that ended up eraning them silver honors.. The four other pairs tried to be faster, but committed mistakes.
Martin Fuchs (SUI) and Leonie Jei (Baltic VDL x Corland) were the fastest pair among the 6 to compete in the jump-off, but their time of 44.41 seconds came at the expense of four penalty-points, meaning that the would settle for third place on the podium.
Therefore, Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Urvoso du Roch who tripumphed in this 60th edition with style and register their name on the prestigious record of the Longines Grand Prix of La Baule.
Nicolas Delmotte (FRA), 1st
“I still find it hard to realize I won. I am really happy about tbis victory here in La Baule, in front of the French public. After all it is our CSIO5* of France! I am also thrilled for my owner, Mrs. Morillon, who has been trusting me for many years, and agreed to let Urvoso got to the Olympics. It is a real pleasure to see the public again. Since the beginning of the show, Urvoso has been jumping well. In the Nations Cup he already completed two great rounds. He improved a lot over the last few shows.“
Laurent Goffinet (FRA), 2nd
“They will call me Poulidor since I constantly place second! It is true, at the moment, Atome is quietly growing in power. I am thrilled, because it is his second 5 stars show. The plan was to pursue his progression, knowing that he got injured early in the season. I prefered not to compete on Friday and Saturday to secure the Grand Prix today. I am really happy, I felt my horse was not under stress.“
Martin Fuchs (SUI), 3rd
“It is a great weekend, I brought two young horses, and they both performed in a fantastic way. The courses very beautiful, thanks to the course designer. We had six clear rounds, it was not a lot, but many riders scored between 1 and 4 points. The course designer did really a great job. The whole Swiss team finds the organization in La Baule is exemplary and we wish to copy you for Saint-Gall.“
Frédéric Cottier, course designer
“I think each course designer has his own signature. I like fluid courses, and I try my best to not put pressure on the horses. I like it when they are well ridden, this is my philosophy. Here, this year, we had very good sports conditions, I am very happy to have found my place in this new team. This show is historical. We have to grow up, always grow up and try to improve. The ground was very good, not too dry nor too wet. After all, a course designer is only a screen writer and he needs actors who were there during the whole week-end. They are the ones making the sport.”
Final Results – Longines Grand Prix de La Ville de La Baule CSIO 5*
1) Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) & Urvoso du Roch – 0 / 0 – 45.83
2) Laurent Goffinet (FRA) & Atome des Etisses – 0 / 0 – 46.06
3) Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Leonie Jei – 0 / 4 – 44.41
Source: Press Release from Agence Consulis for Longines Jumping International de La Baule
Photos: © PSV Photo