Grimaud, France – September 14, 2022 – After a week to warm-up at the CSI 3* last weekend, things will get more difficult from tomorrow with the first of the 2022 Hubside Fall Tour’s two CSI 4* shows at the Haras des Grillons de Grimaud-Golfe de Saint-Tropez. And the elite of show jumping have responded very favourably to the invitation from Sadri Fegaier, Indexia and Hubside.Store, the partners of the Hubside Jumping. Free entry.
He largely dominated last week’s competition, winning four classes including the Hubside.Store Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Indexia: Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) will have his work cut out if he wants to win for the second weekend in a row. The level of the show will be tougher and there will be some stiff competition for the first of the two Hubside Fall Tour’s CSI 4* shows. Already, competition could come from his fellow countryman Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), a member of the winning team at the Longines EEF Nations Cup Final last week in Warsaw.
France, USA, Brazil and Switzerland among the favourites But other amazing nations are expected on the French Riviera in the coming days, such as Switzerland, with two of its most successful riders in recent months competing: former World number one Steve Guerdat (SUI) and the young prodigy Bryan Balsiger (SUI), who won the gold medal at the Swiss National Championships last week.
The Americans might also be a source of concern, and in particular, their two best lady riders, Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Laura Kraut (FRA), who are both current Olympic team silver medallists, the ambassador of the Hubside Fall Tour for the former, and second in last week’s Grand Prix CSI 3* for the latter. As for the Brazilian riders, we will of course have to keep an eye on Eduardo Pereira de Menezes (BRA), fourth a few days ago in the 3* Grand Prix in Grimaud, and also on Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (ITA), currently the eleventh best rider in the world, who has already been successful in the Haras des Grillons’ big ring. As a matter of fact, it was where he won the first 5* Grand Prix of his career in 2020.
French riders could also rock the boat, competing on home terrain, with among others, Olympic team members Mathieu Billot (FRA), Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Simon Delestre (FRA), Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Pénélope Leprévost. The generation of young French riders, who have everything going for them, will be represented by Mégane Moissonnier (FRA) from Bresse and Edward Levy (FRA) from Normandy, who recently achieved the best French performances in the Grand Prix CSIO 5* in Dublin, Ireland.
And on the subject of Ireland, one of the nations with the most riders in the current World Top 50, it will be represented by Bertram Allen (IRL), Mark Mcauley (IRL) and Billy Twomey (IRL). As for the English riders, their hopes will be focused on another international show jumping prodigy, Harry Charles (GBR), number 12 in the World Rider Ranking.
This week the Spanish course designer Javier Tenor Paz (ESP) will oversee the track of the courses. Three levels of competition will be on offer (CSI 1*, 2* and 4*), boasting prize money totalling 310,000 euros, of which 100,000 euros will be for Sunday’s Grand Prix CSI 4*.
Source: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
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