As last to go in Friday's Grand Prix qualifier in Saint-Lô, Australia's Amy Graham stole the win from home rider Penelope Leprevost. Coming in as the final rider in the jump-off in this 1.45 class, Graham and Bella Baloubet (Baloubet du Rouet x Landadel) shaved off 0.03 seconds on the leading time - which was enough to earn the € 6,000 promised to the winner of the Chaux St Pierre - Pigeon Group Trophy. Leprevost had to settle for second on Sultane des Ibis (Quidam De Revel x Elan De La Cour *HN), while third went to another French rider – Jerome Hurel on Ohm du Ponthual (Voltaire x Calypso d'Herbiers).
"My horse Bella Baloubet knows this arena well," said Amy, delighted. "I just wanted to do a good round for his first indoor show of the season. Given the large number of horses at the jump off (33, note), the time allowed could have been shorter, but the course could not be more difficult. There were just a lot of very good horses. I had a plan for the jump off: do 5 strides between the blue vertical and the double. That's my biggest problem with Bella, because I never have enough confidence in his stride. So I really wanted to use this class to prepare him. This result is very good for the rest of the season and the next big grand prix." Amy and Bella compete at their 4th International Jumping of Saint-Lô, and hope to do well in the Grand Prix on Sunday.
The only eight year old Sultane des Ibis impressed under Leprevost. "This is the first indoor event in Sultane's entire career," said Genevieve Megret, the owner of Sultane and of the Haras de Clarbec (Normandy). "This second place was not a goal because we think she can go further. We are obviously delighted! She is so bouncy, has so much power, will and capacity ... it makes us think she will do some nice classes in the future. She is only 8 years old, we have to be reasonable," she added.
Source: Press release from Pixizone PR Agency
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