Grimaud, France – October 07, 2022 – Already the winner of the main class the previous day at the Hubside Jumping CSI 5* & CSI 2* Grimaud-Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the Frenchman Marc Dilasser (FRA) and Arioto du Gèvres, were on top form, winning the €55,000 Hubside Store Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*.
Starting last, Dilasser and the 2010 Selle Français bay Selle Français gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Qualisco III) stole the show, claiming first place backed by a fault-free jump-off performance in 36.06 seconds.
The Frenchman faced fierce competition in the 1.55m challenge as Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Mandato van de Neerheide (Emerald x Pommeau du Heup) finished second, matching the clean scorecard of the eventual winners while registering a final time of 37.19 seconds.
Another outstanding rider completed the podium with the host nation being represented by Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) and Texas (Tornesch 1042 x Robin Z ), rounding out the top three in flawless fashion in 37.80 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Marc Dilasser (FRA)
“This second victory is a fantastic moment. You have to take advantage of it when the horses maintain a form like this. I would like to thank Henk Nooren who gave me the opportunity to go and jump all summer in superb CSIO’s such as Falsterbo, Hickstead, Dublin, Calgary: I let my horses breathe after these very high level competitions and they arrive at the Hubside Jumping in incredible form! I feel that they have taken on another dimension. In the jump-off, I started last when the lead was held by Christian Ahlmann. Arioto is a naturally very fast horse; Henk had told me that I had to take a big risk in the double. It is true that I got into this double in a rather risky way (smile): the horse jumped the without even being able to see that there was an oxer behind. But we know each other by heart, I trust him, and I knew he was capable of giving me that effort. And once it had started, nothing can stop him. In the first round, we did nine strides between the first and the second obstacle; in the jump-off, I did seven! He has an incredible gallop! On Sunday, he will jump the CSI 5* Grand Prix.”
Final Results – €55,000 Hubside Store Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*
1) Marc Dilasser (FRA) & Arioto du Gèvres – 0 / 0 – 36.06
2) Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Mandato Van de Neerheide – 0 / 0 – 37.19
3) Penelope Leprevost (FRA) & Texas – 0 / 0 – 37.80
Source: Press Release (edited) by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication for Hubside Jumping
Photos: © Hubside / Jumping Sportfot