La Baule, France – June 10, 2023 –The individual competition with the second-highest prize money at the 2023 Jumping International de La Baule CSIO 5* (after the €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix Ville de La Baule CSIO 5*) took place last Saturday, the €100,000 Saur Prize CSIO 5* and was claimed by world number, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (SWE).
Riding his mare Glamour Girl, a 2011 bay Dutch Warmblood / Royal Dutch Sport Horse mare (VDL Zirocco Blue x Caletto I), he came out on top after a jump-off against six other combinations, doing so in 35.24 seconds.
The Swede beat a strong list of contestants, including Grégory Cottard (FRA) on Cocaïne du Val, an 11-year-old Selle Français mare, by more than one second. The duo representing France finished second in 36.34 seconds.
Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt (GER) claimed the final spot on the podium with Zineday, registering no penalties and a final time of 37.74 seconds.
“After a heavy spring, we let the mare take a rest”, Henrik explained. “She shouldn’t have come to La Baule, but we saw that she was up for it so we brought her. And she won, it’s great!”
Final Results – €100,000 Saur Prize CSIO 5*- 1.50m
1) Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Glamour Girl — 0 / 0 — 35.24
2) Gregory Cottard (FRA) & Cocaine du Val — 0 / 0 — 36.34
3) Philipp Weishaupt (GER) & Zineday — 0 / 0 — 37.74
Source: Press Release (edited) from Agence 15Love for Jumping Internacional de La Baule
Photos: © PSV Photo / Jean Morel