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Niels Bruynseels Wins the Hubside Jumping’s 4* Grand Prix

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

Experience was the keynote of the Grand Prix which gathered together the best riders on the planet, bringing these four weeks of competition to an end in the South of France. Three experienced riders finished on the HUBSIDE JUMPING’s final podium for this summer season, ahead of the young generation, which was very threatening in this Grand Prix. Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels was the winner riding Gancia de Muze. He finished ahead of Ireland’s Denis Lynch with Cristello and Italy’s Emanuele Guadiano with Chalou. The best French rider, and the leader of this young generation of rising stars, was Edward Levy, fifth with Uno de Cerisy. Last week, during the HUBSIDE JUMPING’s 5* Grand Prix, he had already finished in an amazing second place.

Forty-six horse and rider combinations took part in the final 4* Grand Prix of the HUBSIDE JUMPING, which for four weeks played host to the best horses and riders on the planet. Fifteen horse and rider combinations jumped the first round perfectly and went through to the jump-off of the course designed by France’s Cédric Longis, whose track was praised by the riders.

“I know that my mare Gancia de Muze can be very fast, but faced with a jump-off and riders and horses of this level, it was no easy matter (laughs). I tried to take all the risks possible. I was rather concerned when I saw that some riders were getting dangerously close to my time. I wasn’t guaranteed to be the winner… But no words are strong enough to describe Gancia. She really is an incredible mare. She has won everything in her life and even the long break due to the lockdown didn’t hinder her round. These weeks at the HUBSIDE JUMPING in the South of France have been very positive. Everything is perfect here: the facilities on offer to the horses and riders are really outstanding. I really want to praise the organisation for what it is doing for the sport and thank the whole team!”

Full results here.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

The Oscar of the Day for Usual Suspect and Julien Epaillard

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Frenchman Julien Epaillard, in the saddle on his Usual Suspect d’Auge gelding, won the major event of the day at the HUBSIDE JUMPING in Grimaud (Var). He is ahead of the young Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (Brazil) associated with Icarus, and Christian Kukuk (Germany) on Botaro.

“This week, Queeletta was penalized by a small 4 points yesterday in the 150cm race with jump-off, and Quincy, who usually runs the 140, will come out tomorrow for the Grand Prix: in view of this test, his schedule was deliberately quiet for the last few days. As for Usual Suspect, I have downgraded him a little. He raced the Grand Prix 4* a fortnight ago and we had a little incident: he left a stride before on an oxer. Last weekend, I engaged him in small tests to restore his confidence. He ran a 140 on Thursday: I found him quite relaxed; he had forgotten our mishap a little. Today, he did a magnificent first lap. I found it great, available, very relaxed. I am happy to see that this incident did not leave too many consequences. But this is the reason why I decided to downgrade it weekend, so that he continues to regain confidence.

“The big event of the day had a large number of roadblocks: it happens. It is not easy for the track chief to build a 145 barrage with the plateau that there is here, with horses which normally are very comfortable on this height. Even the slightly tricky triple did not give mistakes… The weather was fairly wide, and even if it had been tight, given the size of the track, we would always have found a place or two where to save time. Really, I maintain that the job of the track manager is not simple at all, who must respect the rules of 145 while the plateau is worthy of a 150, 155, or even a 160.

“In short, the results of these weeks are very positive. The horses are fine; they have all had different programs. Kzoom ran his first 5* Grand Prix last week: I am really satisfied even if we still have to get to know each other a little. I make a mistake on the last obstacle because I don’t know it well enough. Regarding Queeletta, I started really quiet, and we will race the Grand Prix tomorrow. I think the mare is not yet at 100% of its potential, so the Grand Prix will be more of a restart. I do not set myself any obligation of result. Especially since we must already think about the important deadlines to come, and in particular Barcelona, if the competition is maintained, which is an important objective of the season. ”

The CSI 2* event, on 140cm with jump-off, was won by the youngest of the competition, Eden Leprévost Blin Lebreton, sixteen, on Quivoila. Eden is ahead of a certain Pénélope Leprévost, reigning Olympic champion with the French team, and also her mother.

Full results here.

Reactions from all the winners here.

All tests are transmitted live on https://grandprix.tv/fr.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

The World No. 1 for the First 5-Star Grand Prix at Hubside Jumping

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This event was eagerly awaited! The HUBSIDE JUMPING de Grimaud played host to the crème de la crème of international horses and riders for the first CSI 5* in the world since they started competing again. Judge for yourself: two thirds of the World Top 30 were present at the show organised on the initiative of Sadri Fegaier. The world hierarchy was respected on the track of the French course designer Cédric Longis, who was officiating for the first time at CSI 5*-level: Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, the World number one, triumphed with Victorio des Frotards.  Three cheers for him! He finished ahead of the young French rider Edward Levy, and Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, the current World no. 6.

“The first round went really well. Victorio had already won the three 5-star Grands Prix in which he competed this year. I knew he could do it but despite this, there were a lot of unknowns in this Grand Prix, as I didn’t jump a lot with my horses during the lockdown. He jumped really well here during the first week of the HUBSIDE JUMPING and then he went home to rest a bit last week. He jumped really well in the first big class on Thursday, but in the 1m50 class on Friday I felt he was a bit tired.  So I wasn’t sure how we would do today. Apparently, the day off really did him good, because during the first round he jumped incredibly. I think that he has never jumped as well as that! I had a great feeling in the ring when we jumped the first round. The jump-off of this Grand Prix was really fast, like all the classes that take place here, and that’s why I chose to ride Victorio. He really gave it his all for me in the jump-off and I’m really proud of him! Next week, I will be back in the ring here but without Victorio, who is going home to have a rest.”

Full results here.

All tests are transmitted live on https://grandprix.tv/fr.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

The Little Grand Prix 5* de Grimaud for the Italian Lorenzo de Luca

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

The small Grand Prix at 1.45m has taken place on the track of the HUBSIDE JUMPING. Among the thirty-one champions at the start, ten took part in the jump-off. Signing the fastest double without fail, the Italian Lorenzo de Luca and Amarit d’Amour (41 “22) won ahead of the Dutch couple Maikel van der Vleuten and Edinburgh (41” 63). Irishman Denis Lynch completes the podium with Cristello (42 “26). The best French performance goes to the couple Olympic champion by reigning teams, Philippe Rozier and Rahotep from Tuscany (47” 70).

“I’ve been riding Amarit d’Amour for a year now. Half of him is owned by Stephan Conter and the other half by Katharina Offel: I’m very lucky to be able to ride him. Today is his first victory in 5*; he didn’t run much in his career. He jumped very well in the first two weeks: in the two 150 jump tests, he was flawless on the first lap; in the jump in the first week, I didn’t look for speed; the second week I tried to go faster and I knocked over a bar. Today I said to myself, ‘OK, I give everything.” He has remained very focused with me. We can see that the plateau has been very high here since the start of the competition and each jump-off runs very quickly. And this jump-off was no exception to the rule – all the more happy that Amarit d’Amour is a particular horse: he is very sensitive, he can be impressed, but he has incredible qualities. In tomorrow’s 5* Grand Prix, I’ll take out Catwalk Harry. It will be his first 5* Grand Prix. I’ve been riding him for about six months. He jumped the 4 * Grand Prix very well last week, so I’m optimistic. Whatever the outcome, it will take experience. After confinement, we see that the horses, all the horses, are in great shape. For my part, I took the time to really accompany each of my horses during this period. Of course, the work was less intense than usual, but probably more intense, which we do not always have time to do when we are every week in competition. We took the time to discover each one in depth.”

Full results here.

Reactions from all the winners here.

All tests are transmitted live on https://grandprix.tv/fr.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Thierry Rozier, Always a Star in Grimaud

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

Already winner last week of the major event of the opening day of the CSI 4* of the HUBSIDE JUMPING, Thierry Rozier wins in the CSI 5* with Star. In this 1.50m event, he outstripped his French teammates, Mathieu Billot with Apache de Liam, then Simon Delestre (Chesall Zimequest) and Julien Anquetin (Blood Diamond du Pont) third.

“Thursday is my day (laughs)! The great thing about Star is that when we hit the track, we know we can try anything. I’m very lucky because she is naturally very fast and very respectful. I had a doubt on the penultimate line in which few riders had made six strides while advancing. But for the past two weekends, I have taken a lot of example on the routes of Simon Delestre and I since he was taking a stride in front of the double, so I knew I could take that risk. It worked well even if Simon resented me (laughs)! Star is really amazing! I try to take advantage of these good times in competition because the competition season is a bit complicated this year. Fortunately, we can count on organizers like Sadri Fegaier. He is at the origin of the major competitions currently in the world and everything is done for the comfort of the horses. I really want to thank Sadri for all he does for our sport. This weekend we also have a set of riders worthy of a championship! Winning in front of all these great riders is always a little something extra for me!”

Full results here.

For this first CSI 5* in the world since March, the course layout goes to the French track chief Cédric Longis, who takes command of a competition of this level for the first time. Three levels are still offered (CSI 1, 2, and 5*), for a total endowment of nearly 545,000.

All tests are transmitted live on https://grandprix.tv/fr.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Hubside Jumping de Grimaud Will Play Host to 75% of the World Top 30

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

A line-up worthy of a championship. For its first CSI 5*, and the first CSI 5* organised in the world since international show jumping resumed, this weekend the HUBSIDE JUMPING de Grimaud will play host to 22 of the 30 best riders currently on the planet. Admission to the show is still free of charge.

Fans of riding and very high-level sport will be delighted. No, it’s not a World Cup Final or another international championship. But from 2 to 5 July, the crème de la crème of international show jumping will come face to face at the HUBSIDE JUMPING de Grimaud’s CSI 5*, the only show of this level organised in July in the world, where there should have been almost ten other ones, if the pandemic and the economic crisis hadn’t occurred. So an exceptional event means an exceptional line-up.

Masters-lists here.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Two in a Row for Maikel van der Vleuten in Grimaud – Saint-Tropez

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After an initial victory last week in the HUBSIDE JUMPING’s CSI4* Grand Prix, as high-level competition resumed in Europe, the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten was again the winner of a class comprising the greatest riders and also with the mare Dana Blue. The 15th rider in the world rankings finished ahead of Germany’s Daniel Deusser, World No. 3, with Killer Queen VDM, and Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano, World no.25 with his unmistakable Chalou.

“Dana Blue is a mare which really likes competing,” explained the winner, van der Vleuten. “She has a fighting spirit: she fights for her rider but she fights for herself too; she really loves winning!  It’s an essential quality in a jump-off like this one, faced with these types of riders: a victory depends on your mindset and your desire to win! She is also really fast naturally on the ground and that can also make all the difference.  At the beginning of the week, after her victory last weekend, she rested, with a few simple exercises on Monday and Tuesday. I rode her again on Wednesday. On Thursday we took part in an easy class, so that she could warm up. She competed in the Grand Prix today and the result speaks for itself. I need to talk to my father Eric about next week: we always talk about each show’s schedules as a family. This week, my horses each only took part in two classes, an easy one and a big one.  Despite this, I think that Beauville Z will jump in the CSI 5* Grand Prix.”

Full results here.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Irish Allen Imposes at Hubside Jumping

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In the major event of the CSI 4 * of the HUBSIDE JUMPING of Grimaud, the Irishman Bertram Allen won after a jump-off at sixteen. Associated with the nine-year-old gelding Lafayette Van Overis, he is ahead of the Tricolores Nicolas Delmotte on Urvoso du Roch, and Pénélope Leprévost on Varennes du Breuil.

“It was an event with many very serious competitors, but we expect nothing less on the HUBSIDE JUMPING. The level is exceptional! We were seventeen couples qualified for the jump-off, and in view of the opponents, I knew we were going to have to go very very fast. We didn’t see any options that such and such would have taken: everything was in the natural speed of the horses and in the turns. I’m lucky: Lafayette Van Overis is particularly successful at this type of course. It doesn’t have a very large amplitude and I can hardly play with strides. The idea was to give everything and not waste time anywhere, a victory in such an event conditions for the Grand Prix. I will race it with a new horse which my brother rode before and which I will launch on this level: Dancing Queen Z. We will see how it behaves, which I found very long, was a rather nice moment for the horses: they were much more relaxed, even if we continued the work. For Grand Prix horses, it was simply a question of keeping them in shape and of maintaining their morale. For the youngest, six and seven-year-old horses, it was cool to be able to give them more time. But of course, it’s even cooler to find your way back to the competition.”

Full results here.

The press kit can be downloaded here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

The Elite of Show Jumping Reunited with Its Spectators

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After a first weekend behind closed doors, where Europe’s best riders and horses found their bearings, this week the HUBSIDE JUMPING is allowing them to reunite with… their spectators! Now the show is open to everyone from Thursday to Sunday and will host an exceptional line-up of stars. Admission to the show is free of charge.

The tracks of the courses of this second week of international competition in Europe will be designed by France’s Grégory Bodo.  Three levels of competition will be on offer (CSI 1, 2, and 4*), boasting prize money totalling 290,000 euros, of which 100,000 euros will be for Sunday’s CSI 4* Grand Prix.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Maikel van der Vleuten Dominates Grimaud – Saint-Tropez

The HUBSIDE JUMPING in Grimaud’s CSI 4* Grand Prix played host to what could be called the cream of the discipline: 45 competitors, among the best riders in the world, Olympic champions, European champions, show jumping legends, and the two best riders in the current World rankings. It’s true that after three months of sport being at a complete standstill, the riders were keen to go back to the showgrounds, and all of them are aware that there will not be many shows to go to this year.  The Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten riding Dana Blue was victorious on the course designed by Andrea Colombo, the Italian course designer, ahead of Belgium’s Jos Verlooy and Italy’s Emilio Biocchi.  Simon Delestre, the best French rider was fourth with Berlux Z.

“It was a fabulous jump-off!” cried out van der Vleuten. “And I must admit that all week the jump-offs have been great to ride! On Friday, I was already qualified for the jump-off of a big class with Dana Blue, but I made a mistake in a turn because I was over confident. So today I really wanted to ride well for my mare who really deserves this. She is naturally very fast and all she needs is to be ridden well. It’s my first time competing at the HUBSIDE JUMPING and I’m delighted! The facilities are great, they are very spacious, there are lots of places where you can train in the shade, the ring is huge, and it’s always very sunny. I am really pleased that I’m staying for two more weeks, and that I’ll be taking part in the CSI5* show in July.”

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com