Paris, France – March 19, 2022 – Following on from the Talents Hermès, it was the turn of the CSI 5* riders to enter the ring at noon this Saturday for the first of today’s three 5* events. Created by the course designer for the Tokyo Games (Japan), Santiago Varela Ullastres, the €62,000 Prix Prix GL Events was run against the clock at a height of 1m50.
And for the second time this weekend, God Save The Queen resonated around the nave of the Grand Palais Éphémère, this time in honour of the British pairing of Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Shelby. The fifteenth rider to join the fray, the world No.8 and Olympic team champion in London (UK) in 2012, he very quickly set the pace with the excellent time of 60’’50.
“I’m very happy to get a win here. It was a really nice, busy crowd today, which was nice to see, admitted Scott Brash. Shelby tried really hard today and he’s naturally very fast, so it all paid off today. He had one down yesterday in the Prix Hermès Sellier, but it was kind of my fault really. So today it was good to get the victory and the clear. I’m going to jump my other horse Hello MR President later on and if he’s good I’ll jump with him tomorrow for the Grand Prix.”
Solely the Hermès partner rider, Jérôme Guéry (BEL) on Grupo Prom Diego, managed to cross the finish line in 60 seconds (60’’98). However, it was not enough to beat the Briton, who secures his very first win at the Saut Hermès.
Out of the thirty-seven horse and rider combinations at the start, fifteen went clear. The third best time was posted by Marcus Ehning (GER). The German rider, double champion of the Grand Prix Hermès (2010 and 2014), was teamed up with Calanda 42 (61’’91). The first French rider was Kevin Staut on Chepetta, 5th in 62’’73.
Final Results – €62,000 Prix GL Events CSI 5*
1) Scott Brash (GBR) & Hello Shelby – 0 – 60.50
2) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Grupo Prom Diego – 0 – 60.98
3) Marcus Ehning (GER) & Calanda 42 – 0 – 61.91
Source: Press Release from Saut Hermès
Photos: © Saut Hermès / Christophe Tanière / Jessica Rodrigues