Saint-Tropez, France – June 17, 2021 – On the occasion of the Hubside Jumping’s second CSI 5* of the season on the French Riviera, the stars of world show jumping will come together once again in Grimaud. Last week, in the CSI 4*, the American lady riders were highly anticipated and came up to par: Jessica Springsteen (USA) won the Grand Prix while her fellow countrywoman Beezie Madden (USA) finished sixth. This week, they will be joined by a rider who is rarely seen in Europe, who will be at the Hubside Jumping Grimaud Gulf of Saint-Tropez for the first time (but is a regular at the Hubside Jumping in Valence), the current World number five, Kent Farrington (USA)!
While Laura Kraut (USA) and Jessica Springsteen (USA) are used to coming to the HUBSIDE JUMPING Grimaud-Golf of Saint-Tropez, Beezie Madden (USA) is starting to enjoy the appeal of the French Riviera show and has extended her stay in France for an additional week. Another American rider will be playing the role of guest star this week: Kent Farrington (USA), the current World number 5, who is also the current Olympic team silver medallist (he finished fifth individually in Rio in 2016).
At the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, he also won the bronze medal with the US squad. In Grimaud, he will be accompanied in particular by Gazelle, the mare with which he won the Hubside Jumping’s Grand Prix of Valence twice, in 2017 and in 2018.
The Americans will have their work cut out: they will face some tough competition from the European riders who haven’t said their last word after the US victory last week. The current World number 2, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (SUI), already the winner of two 5* Grands Prix here in Grimaud, the best French rider in the World rankings, Normandy’s Julien Epaillard (FRA) who has won many classes during his different visits to the French Riviera and the Germans Christian Ahlmann (GER) and the current World individual gold medallist Simone Blum (GER).
As for the French riders, while the CSI 5* is clearly on the list of shows that the selector will use to choose the team which will be going to Tokyo, the big guns will also be competing, with riders Mathieu Billot (FRA), Benoît Cernin (FRA), Simon Delestre (FRA), Nicolas Delmotte (FRA), winner of the Grand Prix of La Baule last weekend, Edward Levy (FRA), Olivier Perreau (FRA), second in the 4* Grand Prix in Grimaud just a few days ago, and the current Olympic team gold medallists, Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) and Roger-Yves Bost (FRA).
For this CSI 5*, the highest level of competition established by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the track of the courses will be designed by France’s Cédric Longis. More than 500,000 euros of prize money will be on offer. Free admission, open to all, according to the maximum number of people authorised on-site to date. It is mandatory to wear a face mask and respect preventive measures.
Source: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photo: © Hubside Jumping / Filippo Gabutti