Dinard, France – July 17, 2021 – For the first time in ten years, the Laiterie de Montaigu, faithful partner of the Jumping International of Dinard CSI 5* & 3*, associated its name with the spectacular Jumping de Dinard Derby CSI 5*, one of the highligts of the show held in the Val Porée stadium, which had attracted, as every year, an enthusiastic crowd of connoisseurs.
Thirteen pairs of eight different nationalities, engaged in the CSI3* label, had chosen to take up the biggest challenge of the day. The French course designer Jean François Morand had elaborated a 1100 meters long course for them, almost twice as much as a conventional round, enamelled of twenty one 1.45m high fences (24 jumps), both mobile, and likely to be jostled as verticals, oxers and triple bars, but also natural, and therefore fixed, like hillocks, sills, hedges, river and Breton slopes, the whole round to be completed in a sustained rhythm of 176 seconds.
After signing the only clear round of the class, in time of 171’’31, the Belgian rider, 24 of age, Andres Vereecke (BEL), clinched victory associated to his 10-year-old mare Di Gute Folia (Diamant de Semilly x Calando I). Delighted with his first participation in the Jumping of Dinard, the rider, based near Gand with about twenty horses, was riding the first Derby of his career and promised to be back next year. Placed second, the Irish rider Dermott Lennon (IRL), aboard Gelvins Touch (Touchdown x Diamond Lad), with a score of 4 penalty-points in a time of 172’’23.
Best French rider and placed 3rd with Ascot des Ifs (Quick Star x Ohio van de Padenborre), 11 years old, a son of the famous stallion Quick Star, Thomas Rousseau (FRA), based in Pont l’Evêque (14) who was taking part for the third time in the Derby of Dinard in twelve years. “You need specific horses for these type of classes, which is not always the case.» As the rider explains, he did not plan a special preparation for this Derby, and chose to trust the natural energy and goodwill of his partner, who joined his stables two years ago. « He had a light health problem early in the season, which is why I could not push him too much, and decided to let him take his time between the fences, unless he was showing me he was willing to develop his stride himself. I am delighted with his performance, he is very generous.“
Final Results – €40,000 Laiterie de Montaigu CSI 3*
1) Andres Vereecke (BEL) & Die Gute Folia – 0 / 171.31
2) Dermott Lennon (IRL) & Gelvins Touch – 4 / 172.23
3) Thomas Rousseau (FRA) & Ascot Des IFS – 4 / 174.53
Source: Press Release from Jumping International de Dinard
Photo: © Jumping International de Dinard / Eric Knoll / Images’Inn photographies / Pixels Events