Seventy-five horse-and-rider combinations took to the startline tonight in the small CSI 3* Grand Prix at the Longines Deauville Classic in France. Among them, 14 pairs managed to qualify for the jump-off in the Prix du Resort Barrière Deauville (1.40 m). Geoffroy de Coligny, who lives in the region, ended up putting on a supersonic performance for the Deauville public on his faithful Raimondo du Plessis. A beautiful Norman victory that closes out the third and penultimate day of show jumping at the event.
Second to ride in the jump-off after an opening clear round by Rick Hemeryck (40”20), Normandy’s Geoffroy de Coligny and Raimondo du Plessis found the blistering rhythm that would lead them to victory. Taking advantage of the fantastic gallop of his 13-year-old gelding and tightening their turns whenever possible, the rider from Coudray-Rabut stopped the clock in 35”91, ahead of the Belgian by more than four seconds. Launched into a hot pursuit, the 12 remaining riders never managed to catch him. While Oliver Fletcher and Tim Stockdale were more moderate in their riding strategies, François-Xavier Boudant tried everything to reel in his local rival. And with a time of 38”20, Boudant ended up in third place, just behind Michel Hécart, who right before him had ridden a perfect round in 37”21. The only rider to have qualified two horses in the jump-off, Alexa Ferrer, authored two beautiful double-clear rounds and finished fourth with Luke Lugar and 10th with Edesa’s Kzoom van de Wittemoere. Finishing the course with four points on the clock, Rick Hemeryck and Déesse de la Sure, Duarte Romao and Utopia d’Bonneville, and Penelope Leprevost and Quintair all faulted at the number 5 vertical. Following a slight problem with Creta LS la Silla, Félicie Bertrand had to settle for 14th and last place in this jump-off. The riders of the CSI 3* will next come together tomorrow in the early afternoon for the Longines Grand Prix of the Normandy Region, at 1.50m.
“MY HORSES LOVE DEAUVILLE!”: MARINA HANDS
To open the third day of the Longines Deauville Classic show jumping competition, seven-year-old horses were invited to compete in the Prix Equibalneo, a speed class at 1.35m. Under the saddle of François-Xavier Boudant, Babette Manciaise, the talented daughter of Messire Ardent, won the competition by more than a second over rivals Bonnie du Park and Margot Rocuet. The CSI 1* riders thenentered on course for the Horse Exclusive Management prize, which was won by Belgian Emma Gilgemyn. Ninth in this event and obviously very happy to be in Deauville, Marina Hands also shared her feelings upon exiting the arena. A look back on Saturday morning at the Longines Deauville Classic…
Babette Manciaise on top
While the first rays of sunlight were starting to light up the arena of the Deauville International Equestrian Complex, Gregory Cottard and Bibici rode a very pretty and quick clear round in 68”93, taking the provisional lead in the Prix Equibalneo class, reserved for seven-year-old horses. A lead quickly surrendered to the daughter of Norman Pré Noir, Babette Manciaise. Paired with Calvados native François-Xavier Boudant, the chestnut completed her perfect ride in 67”52, more than a second ahead. At the end of the race, the daughter of Kannan*GFE, Bonnie du Park, in total harmony with Margaux Rocuet, slid with ease into second place in the final results thanks to a time of 68”79.
Young horses have their next rendezvous tomorrow morning for their Grand Prix at 1.40 m, sponsored by Planet Sushi!
The Horse Exclusive Management Award for Emma Gilgemyn
In the late morning, the CSI 1* riders jumped into the Horse Exclusive Management class, a speed challenge at 1.15m. But none of the 44 other starters in this class could catch Belgian Emma Gilgemyn and her aptly named Double Jump Wonderland. Fifth to ride, they went clear in 60”06. The rider’s young compatriot Luiz Felipe Neto de Azevedo, partnered with Elle Est’s Belle van T & L, took second place with a time of 63”70, while Britain’s Natasha Dunsdon completed the podium on Bridge Town (65”03). The best French rider in this class, Serge Varsano, finished in an impressive fourth place.
The Institut Esthederm Paris Prize goes to Brazil
Already third in the major event of the CSI 1* yesterday, the Brazilian Monika Guillon and her beautiful Kwikly, aged eight, won the Institut Esthederm Paris award at 1.30m this afternoon. Thanks to a beautiful clear round in 30”11, the 100% female combination came in ahead of Christophe Grangier and Salombo de Kerglenn – who had a clear round in 30”96 – by a few hundredths of a second. Ninon Decaqueray and her son of Heartbreaker, Paradis Latin, finished third with a time of 31”11.
Marina Hands, happy in Deauville
Marina Hands, the talented actress, rider and ambassador for the Just World International Association, finished ninth in the competition with Comtessa W. “This competition is amazing! It’s sublime, the track is beautiful! Even for amateur riders like me, it’s a real competition. This contest is both sporty and elegant. I am happy because my horses are in good shape. I think they love Deauville!”, she said, smiling broadly as she left the arena.
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About the Pôle international du Cheval/Deauville International Equestrian Complex
Created in 2010, the Pôle, which contributes to the economic development of the equine sector and the territory, is a unique place of sharing and meetings in Normandy. It has upscale and functional infrastructure and equipment, offering a wide range of activities and opportunities for both professionals and amateurs.
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