CSI 2*

A Second Chance to Fly to First! Victor Bettendorf & Astuce de La Roque Triumph in €25,500 Hubside.Store Grand Prix CSI 2*

Grimaud, France – May 15, 2022 – No more letting the win at Grimaud escape! Ever since joining Victor Bettendorf (LUX), Astuce de La Roque has conquered several wins and top placings at the two and three-star level in Portugal and Spain but the duo had yet to conquer a major victory at the Hubside Jumping de Grimaud. They had come close two days before, registering a much faster time than all other finalists in the €25,500 Celside Jump-off Challenge CSI 2*. Unfortunately, a pole down from the last obstacle kept them from reaching the top of the podium in the 1.45m challenge. However, the the speedy duo did not let their second chace slip away again, taking chances while still being flawless to win the €25,500 Hubside.Store Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by Indexia.

Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Astuce de La Roque

Once again, Bettendorf was on top form aboard the 2010 bay Selle Français mare (Kannan x Quick Star), accelerating on the course and still clearing all the 1.45m obstacles with ease. The speedy combination put on a final charge before crossing the finish line in 35.94 seconds for top honors.

Bettendorf’s mark proved to be too much for the other finalists. Laura Kraut (USA) was smooth as ever on Opaline Ter Goes (Cooper van de Heffinck x Pkz Contact van de Heffinck) but had to settle for second backed by a penalty-free jump-off effort in 36.64 seconds.

Marion Skalli (FRA) and Cornelia Nok (Chef Rouge*HN x Le Tot de Semilly) were a bit more conservative compared to the first two pairs, being almost two seconds slower than the latter duo. However, their final time of 38.55 seconds was more than good enough for an honorable third place on the podium.

Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Astuce de La Roque during the awards ceremony

Winner’s Circle – Victor Bettendorf (LUX)

“I did not have the opportunity to watch the jump-off of my seven competitors: Astuce de La Roque is a bit hot mare before entering the arena. I was therefore focused on the mare. But I know that she is fast. Already on Friday, I could have won a big class, if I had not knocked down the last obstacle. So, it was a question of catching up with me today. Astuce is my leading mare for the classes up to at 150cm. She has already been regularly classified in 3* Grands Prix, this is the level in which she feels good and it is perfect. She certainly has the potential to go higher, but she gives herself so much that I am looking to save effort. She must not go into the red and I prefer to continue riding her at the 1.45-150cm level and try to win. I hope to be back at the Hubside Jumping in three weeks: the week next, I will take part in the Jumping International de Bourg-en-Bresse, and the following week at the Grand Nati onal de Canteleu.”

Final Results – €25,500 Hubside.Store Grand Prix CSI 2* presented by Indexia

1) Victor Bettendorf (LUX) & Astuce de La Roque – 0 / 0 – 35.94

2) Laura Kraut (USA) & Opaline Ter Goes – 0 / 0 – 36.64

3) Marion Skalli (FRA) & Cornelia Nok – 0 / 0 – 38.55

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Interview: Souce: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping

Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Sportfot