Grimaud – Saint Tropez, France – July 10, 2021 – Marie Pellegrin (FRA) and Valentino des Bleus were victorious last Saturday at the Hubside Jumping – Grimaud-Golfe de Saint-Tropez, claiming top honors in the €25,400 Hubside Jump-off Challenge CSI 4*.
In the jump-off, Pellegrin dared her twelve-year-old chestnut Selle Français gelding to go faster than all the other combinations who had gone before her, yet leaving all the poles up for no penalties before crossing the finish line in 40.32 seconds for the victory.
The French rider was ahead of Ahmad Saber Hamcho (SYR) on Caldero (Camaro M x Cortez), who had led most of the way before fading to second place, backed by a penalty-free effort in 40.57 seconds.
Les Bleus” were back on the podium again as Thomas Lambert (FRA) on Thalie St Loise ( Cardero x Papillon Rouge) registered the third-fastest penalty-free performance in the jump-off, being timed at 41.23 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Marie Pellegrin (FRA)
“I’m super happy! Valentino des Bleus is really a Grand Prix or jump-off competition horse, he knows his job by heart, he loves competing so much! In the jump-off, the speeds increased gradually as riders went on. The Syrian Ahmad Saber Hamcho was very fast but I know my horse and I know he could be faster. Between the two oxers, I took seven strides where Ahmad did eight, and I tightened all the turns. Valentino has a great balance. He had been slightly injured last year, then came the confinement with the cancellation of the indoor competitions. Suddenly, I deferred him and put him in the meadow for three months with a young three-year-old horse. I left very gently, very carefully. Two weeks ago, he finished second in the Grand Prix de Cluny, and there he won this event. It’s great! “
Final Results – €25,400 Hubside Jump-off Challenge CSI 4*
1) Marie Pellegrin (FRA) & Valentino des Bleus – 0 / 0 – 40.32
2) Ahmad Saber Hamcho (SYR) & Caldero – 0 / 0 – 40.57
3) Thomas Lambert (FRA) & Thalie St. Loise – 0 / 0 – 41.23
Source: Press Release (edited) by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside Jumping