Grimaud, Saint-Tropez, France -June 18, 2021 – Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and Nikolaj de Music pranced and danced their way to victory in the €25,400 Hubside Speed Challenge CSI 5* last Friday during the second week of the Hubside Jumping Summer Series.
As one of the fastest riders at the top of the sport, Gaudiano dared the 2013 bay Belgian Warmblood gelding (Kannan x Nabab de Reve), clearing all the 1.50m obstacles before blazing across the finish line in 62.03 seconds for the victory.
The mark set by the Italian was very impressive, Edward Levy (FRA) and Confidence d’Ass (Diamant de Semilly x Eurocommerce Berlin) were the closest ones, still more than 2 seconds behind, registering no penalties in 64.26 seconds.
The podium was claimed by great riders from three different nations. François Mathy Jr. (BEL) and Casanova de L’Herse ( Ugano Sitte x Kashmir Van Schuttershof) rounded out the top three bakced by a clean effort while tripping the timers in 66.35 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA)
“I am very happy with this victory with Nikolaj from Music. He is only eight years old, and to win a speed test in CSI 5* at that age, it is great! I started among the first and yet, he is two seconds faster than the second in the final standings! He did a great job! I have been riding him since he was four years old. Last season, and especially here in Grimaud, at the Hubside Jumping, it was very good. He had already won an event here over 1.50m at the age of seven: I really think he loves this show. The goal for this weekend, when he has already won today’s event and finished fourth in the event counting for the world ranking out of 145 yesterday, the 1.50m jump-off class tomorrow. It will not be easy since he has already run two days in a row, but he needs to gain experience, and I am sure that next year he will be ready for 5* Grands Prix.”
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Source / Interview: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photo: © Hubside Jumping