Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann flew to overcome by 23 hundredths of a second Dutchman rider Frank Schuttert and by 32 hundredths of a second to Frenchman Julien Epaillard. José María Larocca from Argentina the most outstanding Latino. (Photo © psvphoto.com)
The second day of CSI 5* Longines Jumping International de La Baule began with the victory of Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden, when take the first place in a fast exhibition next to 10-year-old stallion Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan) owned by Darier Bertrand.
With a time of 60.56 seconds, Eckermann kept a small distance before his two closest rivals, after stopping the clock in 60.56 seconds to secure 50 World Ranking points. The second position was Dutchman rider Frank Schuttert in time of 60.79 seconds, only 22 hundredths of a second slower with 11-year-old gelding Bugatti V/D Nortside (Unaniem x Burggraaf), while 32 hundredths of a second slower in third place finished the Frenchman rider Julien Epaillar with 11-year-old stallion Safari D Auge (Diamant de Semilly) recording 60.88 seconds. Shane Sweetnam of Ireland and Adeline Hecart of France finished in fourth and fifth place, completing the highlights of €25,150 Prix Bouygues Immobilier.
Going to the representatives of Latino Ranking, José María Larocca of Argentina finished in 16th place for take FEI Ranking points, completing his field in 69.33 seconds next to 9-year-old stallion Diablo Blanco (Chacco-Blue x Cento). Out of the points were Rene López of Colombia in 38th position with 10-year-old mare Twig du Velillos (Diamant de Semilly x Tornado D’Hotot) accumulating 8 fouls in 63.52 seconds, Pedro Veniss of Brazil in 41st place with 9-year-old mare Cheindira (Chagall van de Burggrave x Darco) with the same 8 fouls in 65.38 seconds and his fellowmen Pedro Muylaert opted to retire.
The best time of the competition was achieved by Shane Breen of Ireland with 9-year-old stallion Ipswich van de Wolfsakker (Muze x Quick Star) in 58.97 seconds but was down a pole to total 4 fouls in 20th place.