Dinard, France – June 08, 2022 – From 28 to 31 July, the Val Porée stadium, decked out in pink for the occasion, will welcome the best riders and horses for its traditional Jumping International de Dinard CSI 5*. This is a not-to-be-missed event in the world equestrian calendar, which is full of champions every year!
Indeed, many Olympic medallists have, one day, trodden this mythical grass track of the Val Porée. Starting, of course, with the French team, gold medallists at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Since then, Kevin Staut (FRA), Pénélope Leprevost (FRA), Philippe Rozier (FRA) and Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), rarely miss the event and they are not the only ones. For many years, the international Jumping of Dinard has been visited by the elite of the discipline. And 2022 will be no exception.
The spectators of the international Jumping of Dinard have already been the witnesses of the performances of famous riders such as Elizabeth Madden (USA) and Kent Farrington (USA), team silver medallists at the 2016 Olympic Games, and Marc Houtzager (NED), team silver medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Christian Ahlmann (GER), team bronze medallist at the 2016 Olympics, made a stop in Dinard a few months before and won the prestigious Grand Prix.
The Belgian team that won bronze at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo: Gregory Wathelet (BEL), Jérôme Guéry (BEL) and Pieter Devos (BEL) also took to the grass track at Val Porée. The 2012 Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat (SUI), ventured to Brittany in 2017. That same year, he finished 7th in the Rolex Grand Prix. Since then, the Swiss rider has not missed an opportunity to return to the international Jumping of Dinard, crossing paths in 2018 with McLain Ward (USA), winner of the Rolex Grand Prix of Dinard CSI 5*, but above all, team silver medallist in Tokyo last year. This 2018 Rolex Grand Prix saw one of the members of the 2021 Olympic gold medal team, Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE), who finished in second place and it saw also a fine performance from 2008 Olympic champion Eric Lamaze (CAN).
Others have also galloped on the mythical Val Porée track: Pierre Durand (FRA), gold medallist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, associated with his legendary Jappeloup, honoured the spectators with his presence when the Jumping was still labelled CSIO of France. The same goes for the multi-medal-winning Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), 2004 Olympic champion with his famous Baloubet du Rouet, and the man who was to return from Rio with an individual gold medal: the British rider Nick Skelton (GBR), associated with his talented Big Star.
For 110 years, the international Jumping of Dinard has contributed to writing the history of show jumping worldwide, to the great pleasure of equestrian sport enthusiasts and the public.
Source: Press Release from Agence Consulis for Jumping International de Dinard
Photo: © Jumping International de Dinard / Eric Knoll