Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Home show jumper Harold Boisset (FRA) took a stunning opening win with his 9 year old chestnut mare T’Obetty du Domaine during the first CSI5* class of the weekend to the delight of the local crowd. The French rider blew away the competition in the two phase competition, finishing two seconds ahead of second placed man Billy Twomey (IRL) and his stunning 12 year old grey stallion Ardcolum Duke. Crossing the line in 24.69s the pair took top honours in the Prix Renault, effortlessly clearing the 1.45m jumps and notching the pace up a gear in the speed phase of the round.
A total 48 world class international riders took to the arena for the first time during this three day festival of show jumping, with all eyes on the top combinations as they kicked off round 10 on the Championship leg. It was a good day for home riders, as Cedric Angot (FRA) took a strong third with Talent Des Moitiers, and Mathieu Billot (FRA) with Shiva d’Amaury and top French rider and World Number 2 Simon Delestre (FRA) with Hermes Ryan were both placed in the top ten.
It was a good class for many of this weekend’s young stars of show jumping with Philip Houston (GER) and Kannella taking 4th place, Paris Sellon (USA) and Canasta Z in 5th, Alberto Zorzi (ITA) and Florette van het Lambroeck and Alexandra Thornton (GBR) with Charielle rounding out the placings. Other notable combinations were Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) and Vagabond de la Pomme, Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) with Caretina de Joter and Pius Schwizer (SUI) with PSG Future.