Grimaud, France – September 22, 2022 – This week, there will only be one in Europe, and it’s taking place in Grimaud-Golfe de SaintTropez! With the first of the two CSI 5* shows organized as part of the 2022 Fall Tour, the Hubside Jumping, its founder Sadri Fegaier, and Indexia and Hubside.Store, the partners of the event, are organising the highest-level of international competition once again and hosting the elite, who are loyal to the French Riviera. Can the brilliant Victor Bettendorf (LUX), who has been successful in recent weeks, win his first 5* Grand Prix this weekend? All will be revealed on Sunday afternoon! Free entry.
It would appear that nothing can stop Victor Bettendorf (LUX), whose list of wins continues to increase as each week of competition goes by. The rider from Luxembourg, who won the €100,000 Hubside.Store Grand Prix CSI 4*, presented by Indexia last weekend, is notching up victory after victory as the weeks go by, and is proving that he is currently in fine form. In fact, he is in really excellent form. Before his victory last week, Bettendorf had already won two classes in Grimaud the week before; at the Hubside Jumping Valence, he added not two, but four victories to his list of wins.
Two victories in Deauville, two in A Coruña, one in Monaco and the 3* Grand Prix in Compiègne, all in just three months… This incredible competitor, who is ambitious and yet humble, has a great string of horses, and only needs a 5* Grand Prix win to boost, if it is still necessary, the list of wins by a rider who will undoubtedly be one of the sport’s key figures in the months and years to come. The Luxembourg native, who is currently 64th in the Longines FEI World Rankings, will have his work cut out if he wants to win on Sunday in Grimaud.
Some Amazing Competitors Standing Between Bettendorf & Possible Victory
The Luxembourg rider, who is on his way to a first 5* victory, will come face to face with some experienced riders this weekend, who are by no means newbies and who also have the Hubside.Store Grand Prix presented by Indexia in their sights. Amongst others, the former World number one, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (SUI), the English prodigy Harry Charles (GBR), the current Olympic team silver medallists, Jessica Springsteen and Laura Kraut, or the Italians Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), both of whom are used to the Haras des Grillons de Grimaud’s big ring, as well as to high-level victories. As for the French riders, they intend to battle it out to keep the 5* Grand Prix in French hands: the last 5* Grand Prix, held in April 2022, was won by Edward Levy (FRA), who is expected again this weekend in Grimaud. Some other very experienced French riders may well prevent the rider from Luxembourg from winning again.
These include Olympic team gold medallist Pénélope Leprevost (FRA), the winner of last week’s Hubside Jumping Grand Prix CSI 2*, and Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), regulars Simon Delestre (FRA), Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Olivier Robert (FRA), and the young generation led by the lady riders Mégane Moissonnier (FRA) and Jeanne Sadran (FRA). ‘The Haras des Grillons de Grimaud site is perfect for 5* shows; everything has been designed to organise competitions of this level, and I would like to thank the Hubside Jumping’s partners, Indexia and Hubside.Store, without whom we would not be able to host such events,’ said Sadri Fegaier (FRA), the President and Founder of the Hubside Jumping, who is also competing in the CSI 5*.
This week, the French course designer Cédric Longis (FRA) will oversee the track of the courses. Three levels of competition will be on offer (CSI 1*, 2* and 5*), boasting prize money totalling 535,000 euros, of which 200,000 euros will be for Sunday’s Grand Prix CSI 5*.
Source: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
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