Grimaud, France – October 09, 2021 – This saturday at Grimaud, Harold Boisset (FRA) won the Hubside Jump-off Challenge Prix with his faithful T’Obetty du Domaine. On this lovely mild autumnal Saturday, the Marseillaise was heard on the Riviera thanks to the victory of Harold Boisset and his long-standing accomplice T’Obetty du Domaine.
Out of the 37 contenders, 12 emerged unscathed over the track proposed by Grégory Bodo (FRA) and went through to the jump-off. Amongst them, top riders in the discipline such as France’s Simon Delestre (FRA), Kevin Staut (FRA), Benoit Cernin (FRA), the Belgian Grégory Wathelet (BEL) and yesterday’s winner, the Colombian René Lopez Lizarazo (COL).
With the mountains and the Grimaud Chateau in the background, a thrilling moment of sport was about take place. In the end it was Harold Boisset (FRA), the rider from Montpellier, who recently had won the 1.45m at the CSI 2* in Macon, who finished in ahead, guiding 2007 chestnut Selle Français mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Diams du Grasset) towards the fastest clean jump-off effort, timed in 37.20 seconds.
Sweden also climbed onto the podium with Petronella Andersson (SWE) and Cassina Z claiming silver honors, timed in 38.48 seconds.
In 3rd place it was France again, this time with Jean-Luc Mourier (FRA) and his grey gelding, with whom he had won the CSI 2* Grand Prix in Megève, Captain Keen. The duo completed their second penalty-free performance in 39.14 seconds.
“We’ve already done two rounds this weekend having 4 faults each time, which doesn’t happen often, so I thought it was time for a change,” laughed the rider. “The initial course was quite selective and tricky, especially the vertical at n°3 which, in addition to being white, was quite narrow and saw a lot of competitors faulting. However, she’s very respectful and in top form so everything want to plan.
I’ve been riding her since she was a 4 year old, she’s 14 now, she’s a mare who’s won masses of classes in the past, especially speed ones. Today, I tried to slow the rhythm and not ask for as much from her, but she still performed just as well and was responsive, which is very satisfying!”
Final Results – €25,400 Hubside Jump-Off Challenge CSI 4*
1) Harold Boisset (FRA) & T’Obetty du Domaine – 0 / 0 – 37.20
2) Petronella Andersson (SWE) & Cassina Z – 0 / 0 – 38.48
3) Jean Luc Mourier (FRA) & Captain Keen – 0 / 0 – 39.14
Source: Press Release by Juliette Gorin / Aliénor de La Rochefoucauld / Anchor Equitation for Hubside Jumping Grimaud
Photos: © Sportfot