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Return of the Masters in Chantilly with Rolex Alongside

Photo by Jessica Rodrigues.

In the midst of the Covid crisis and the subsequent cancellation of the Masters Series, Christophe Ameeuw, President and Founder of EEM, called on the equestrian world to reinvent itself and imagine the world of tomorrow. No sooner said than done! EEM has announced the first stage of its revival with the Masters of Chantilly, from 8th to 11th of July 2021. New event, new partner, new venue!

With Rolex alongside as the Official Sponsor, Official Timepiece, and Title Sponsor of the Grand Prix, the Masters will arrive in the capital of the horse world, bringing together the world’s best riders and riding fans for four days of great sport, celebration, and outdoor show against a backdrop that is unique in the world: the Château de Chantilly and its Great Stables.

«We are supporting the backbone of the Masters, its spirit, its quality, its great events, but in a radically new backdrop for our sport and horses, in an environment in harmony with nature and the exceptional setting of Chantilly.»

EEM will be able to count on the support of the Chantilly Jumping association composed of passionate volunteers who over the past ten years have taken Chantilly Jumping to the highest level of competition.

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

Girl Power! British Brilliance from Start to Finish in the CCI5*-L

Laura Collett ©S. Bailly/Centaure Production.

After the dressage test and the cross-country course, the champions of international eventing had a final hurdle to jump at the Domaine de Sers in the show jumping competition. Despite a few twists in the plot among the Top 10 during the event, British rider Laura Collet didn’t put a foot wrong with London 52. Adding another flawless round after her brilliant cross-country ride, the horse-rider pair rode to victory in the only CCI5*-L competition this year. Close behind her, her fellow countrywoman Piggy March also rode a prefect show jumping round to finish second. In spite of a few time faults in the show jumping competition, Tim Price keeps his third place in the final ranking.

French riders Maxime Livio and Alexis Goury, on Vitorio du Montet and Trompe l’oeil d’Emery, respectively, rode two amazing clean rounds, after demonstrating their skills on the cross-country course, without a single penalty. Taking advantage of the twelve penalty points incurred by Rosalind Canter and the 9.2 points added to Mollie Summerland’s score, the two young French riders came in eighth and seventh in the final ranking.

Laura Collett: “It’s the stuff dreams are made of! I still don’t quite believe this is all really happening. This morning, I was saying to myself that if I had had the choice, I wouldn’t have wanted to ride any other horse than London 52 in this kind of competition! He’s a fantastic jumper. It was his first time competing at this level and I really wasn’t expecting this kind of result at the end of the competition.”

Piggy March: “As I said yesterday, my horse was competing in his first five-star competition. I’m just so delighted with his performance this week. I have great hopes for him in the future. I’d also like to thank the organisation team for the exceptional work they did to make this happen. I’m really grateful for the incredible opportunity we’ve had to be able to come and compete here this week, in such exceptional conditions. So, a really big thank you to everyone.”

Tim Price: “Well of course third place doesn’t have quite the same feel as a victory… But I’m really happy to finish the weekend without any penalties. Wesko is old, but he’s a great horse and I’m enjoying riding him for as long as I can at this level. I’ve also made amazing progress since I first competed in this event in Pau!”

Alexis Goury: “I’m really happy with the progress Trompe l’oeil and I have made since we first competed here in 2018. Our score in the dressage test is much better than two years ago. He rode an amazing cross-country course and jumped wonderfully today. But in this 5* star event in Pau, there were two British Olympic teams to compete against. So, the competition was fierce (laughs)! Trompe l’oeil proved once again that he’s a brilliant horse. I’m really delighted.”

Pascal Sayous: “I’m really proud of everyone who made this event possible. Thank you to the spectators who followed the rules, thank you to all the volunteers at Pau Events, and thank you to all my teams at Centaure Production. We’ve been through a lot of times where we thought that none of this would have been possible, but the team kept on working. Congratulations to the riders and drivers – without them this competition would never have happened. I’m feeling proud, very emotional and tired, but I’m already thinking ahead to 2021 to start over again!”

Find the results here.
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The starting lists, results, maps, practical information, and ticket office are available on the mobile App “Les 5 Étoiles de Pau” or on the website for the event:  www.event-pau.fr.

Juliette Feytout – E-mail: juliette@blizko-communication.com

Victory for Daniel Deusser at the Final Hubside Jumping Show

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

Even good things must come to an end. After eleven weeks of competition in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the second season of international show jumping at the HUBSIDE JUMPING has drawn to a close. A season which was exceptional in every way and ended with the victory of Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z.

“I’m really delighted with this victory in the HUBSIDE JUMPING’s CSI 4* Grand Prix and in particular with my horse, Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z. He had to take some time out at the beginning of the year and started competing again mid-season in small classes and then took part in the HUBSIDE JUMPING’s CSI 5* show a few weeks ago. Indeed, he is recovering well and is getting better and better, to the extent that he was able to win the HUBSIDE JUMPING’s CSI 4* Grand Prix today! I’m really proud of him!  The year has been very different and extremely difficult for all the riders, but thanks to the HUBSIDE JUMPING, we were able to enjoy a wonderful summer season. I don’t that it’s being presumptuous to extend my warmest thanks on behalf of all the riders to Sadri Fegaier and to the whole HUBSIDE JUMPING organising team. Thank you for keeping our sport alive and we all hope that we will be back here again next year.”

Full results here.

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

Karl Cook and Caillou 24 Master $137,000 MD Barnmaster Grand Prix CSI 3*

Karl Cook and Caillou 24 ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – October 17, 2020 – In a star-studded class of international athletes from eight countries, Karl Cook (USA) and Caillou 24 mastered the $137,000 MD Barnmaster Grand Prix CSI 3* with a lightning fast jump-off time of 36.75 seconds. Landing in second place nearly a second later was Kent Farrington (USA) and Kaprice, whom Farrington owns with Haity McNerney, with a time of 37.52 seconds. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Carthano, owned by Darragh Kenny with Whiterock Farm, Ltd., followed in third with a final score of 38.87.

The Ghuiherme Jorge (BRA)-designed course challenged 50 pairs, with only nine advancing to the jump-off round. Cook and Caillou 24, owned by Signe Ostby, pressed hard to claim the win thanks to Cook’s instinctual move to leave out a stride on the final gallop.

“It was just land and go. I saw it and realized if I wanted to win, I had to try it. Until he [Caillou 24] took off I didn’t think we were going to make it!” shared Cook.

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Carlotta, Again the Fastest

© Marco Villanti pour HUBSIDE JUMPING.

A jump-off or a speed test is never over until Carlotta, the mare of Italian Emanuele Gaudiano, has entered the track. Recognized as one of the fastest mares in the world, the eleven-year-old girl offers another victory to her rider, who is in second place ahead of the Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, in the saddle on Icarus, and the Dutchman Harrie Smolders, third with Monaco. Nicolas Delmotte signs the best French performance by finishing fourth, associated with Ilex VP.

“With Carlotta, I was unlucky on the first day of this last week of HUBSIDE JUMPING… We knocked over an obstacle when she was, as usual, very fast. Today we made up for it well and she jumped in a remarkable way! There were sixteen pairs qualified for the jump-off of this big event, including some very serious competitors, and she manages to get the fastest double clear of the event. This mare is truly exceptional.”

Full results here.

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

Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue towards a Third Victory?

© Marco Villanti for HUBSIDE JUMPING.

What if the 2020 HUBSIDE JUMPING season ends as it started, with a victory for the Dutch couple Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue? The pair has in any case demonstrated their current form by winning after a jump-off ten, which had a number of formidable competitors. In the final standings, van der Vleuten is ahead of the Briton Scott Brash, another serious candidate for Sunday’s Grand Prix, now associated with Hello Mr President, and the Belgian Olivier Philippaerts, in the saddle on the Blue Diamond V’T Ruytershof. Best French rider, Nicolas Delmotte, finished eighth with Urvoso du Roch.

“It was a great event, with a course perfectly well built by the course manager. I really think the main difficulty was the time allowed: you could hardly get out without taking strides. We all had to take risks, and inevitably, they resulted in some faults. There were ten of us in the jump-off, which is perfect, with among the qualifiers, formidable competitors. Dana Blue is in great shape now; she has shown it well lately. After… Hope for a third victory in the 4* Grand Prix? Why not, but everything will be played out so quickly. My fingers crossed.”

Full results here.

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

Good Start for Julien Epaillard

© Marco Villanti for HUBSIDE JUMPING.

Julien Epaillard has lived up to his reputation, and wins, at a breakneck pace, in the opening round of the last CSI 4* of the year at the HUBSIDE JUMPING in Grimaud. Associated with Usual Suspect d’Auge, he is ahead of his compatriot Mathieu Billot, in the saddle on Bad Boy du Bobois, and the Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, third at the controls of Icarus.

“You can say that I was a little lucky today: I made a nice ‘touch’ on the tackle which fortunately did not fall. There were a lot of serious competitors, and moving up to eleventh position, I knew I had to take all the risks. Which led, I think, Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta to the fault, important competitors when it comes to going fast. Emanuele to take all the risks – he had no choice. It’s fair game. When he comes before me, as was the case last week, he doesn’t hesitate. Last week, I played the game too much: I was faster but with two faults. It was my revenge today. Usual Suspect d’Auge is in great shape. In the Grand Prix du CSI 2*, like last week, I will be associated with Lima de Muze, and in the CSI4* Grand Prix, at Alibi de la Roque.”

Full results here.

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

The Legend of the Rolex Grand Slam in Numbers

Photo: Rolex Grand Slam.

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping was launched in April 2013 and is today regarded as one of the most revered prizes in equestrian sport. The concept was created by the organising committees of three of the world’s biggest and most well respected shows – CHIO Aachen, Germany; CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, Canada; and CHI Geneva, Switzerland – and rewards the rider who consecutively wins the Grands Prix at these three shows with a €1M bonus. In March 2018, these three global events, which are also known as ‘Majors’, were joined by a prestigious fourth – the largest indoor show in the Netherlands: The Dutch Masters.

The first and only winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is Scott Brash MBE, who achieved this pursuit of excellence in 2015 aboard his bay gelding, Hello Sanctos. Having already triumphed in the Rolex Grands Prix at the CHI Geneva 2014 and the CHIO Aachen 2015, the British rider then went double clear in the ‘CP International’, presented by Rolex at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in 2015, and in doing so reached the pinnacle of the sport.

In a relatively short period of time, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping has grown exponentially and has established itself as the sport’s ultimate challenge, attracting the very best horse and rider combinations on the equestrian world stage. While tennis has its four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open; French Open; The Championships, Wimbledon; and US Open) and golf has four Major championships (Masters Tournament; The Open; U.S. Open; and PGA Championship), the sport of showjumping is proud to have its very own Grand Slam. What makes the Rolex Grand Slam stand out from its tennis and golf counterparts is that women and men compete against one another on the same level for the same prize.

Since its inception, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping has welcomed over 653,500 spectators yearly to its four Majors, crowned Major champions from nine different nations, while everything has been made possible by the unwavering support of more than 2,150 loyal volunteers.

© 2020 Rolex – Rolex Grand Slam

Beat Mändli and Vic des Cerisiers Collect $137k Coca-Cola Grand Prix CSI 3* Win

Beat Mändli and Vic des Cerisiers ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – October 10, 2020 – Beat Mändli (SUI) and Vic des Cerisiers sliced their way to a win in the $137,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 33.02 seconds. Just behind, Mario Deslauriers (CAN) piloted Amsterdam 27, a 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Catoki x Acord II) owned by himself, Luja LLC, and Wishing Well Farm LLC, to second place on a time of 33.64 through the short course, while Bliss Heers (USA) rounded out the podium with Antidote de Mars, the Bridgeside Farms LLC-owned 2010 Selle Francais stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Jarnac), speeding to a 33.72 second performance.

The marquis class of Tryon Fall 4 competition saw 49 entries challenge the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) course design, with 20 pairs earning the opportunity to challenge the jump-off track. Though six entries followed behind Mändli and the 2009 Cheval de Selle gelding (D’anguerny x Niagara de May) owned by Grand Road Partners GMBH, nothing could top the neat and quick performance he was able to produce.

“It was a nice course, and straight-forward. There were lots of clear rounds, but when we walked it, it seemed tough enough! Of course, I’m very happy,” Mändli emphasized. “The horse makes my job very easy when he jumps like this!”

To learn more, visit www.Tryon.com.

Abdel Saïd, the Egyptian Rocket

© Marco Villanti for HUBSIDE JUMPING.

First to set off in a jump-off which counted fourteen qualified among the fastest riders and horses in the world, the Egyptian Abdel Saïd, associated with the French mare Arpège du RU, won with an express chronometer in the major event of the CSI 4* of the HUBSIDE JUMPING in Grimaud. He is ahead of the Northerner Nicolas Delmotte, second with Urvoso du Roch, and the Dutchman Jur Vrieling, on Fiumicino van de Kalevallei.

“Arpège du RU is a naturally very fast mare, which really makes life in a show easier. I had a plan for this jump-off event, which was to try everything. Sometimes you come to a jump-off and say, ‘I’m going to save the horse for the future.’ But in our case, I had foreseen that this event would be the biggest that Arpège would run this weekend and therefore, we had to give everything. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Yes, it worked perfectly. I really love this mare; she is very smart and loves to win. I have been riding her for two years, and together I have to say that we have already had some very good results. This year, it has been difficult for us to go to competitions, as for everyone; I was lucky to be taken on this fantastic contest that is the HUBSIDE JUMPING this weekend, so it was important to sign great performances. So far, I must admit that it is going very well.”

Full results here.

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