The 2014 edition of the CSI3*/1* of Saint-Lô (Normandy, France) has joined forces with the Selle Français Stallion Championships for the second time in a row to offer a fantastic opportunity to watch both top sport and breeding participants jumping in the heart of the French sport horse breeding land, Normandy. The event started on Thursday at 8:30am with 2 years old Selle Français stallions at the free jump workshop, followed by the 3 year olds. The final results will be published Friday and the top five will be presented to the audience on Saturday evening.
Like every year, the Selle Français Stallion Championships are the most important event for all French breeders, offering a rare occasion to all professionals, coming from all over Europe, to discover the best Selle Français males of 2 and 3 years old. Pascal Cadiou, President of the Selle Français Stud-book, explains why Saint-Lô, in the heart of Normandy, remains a horse capital, and is the perfect place to welcome such a show. Read his full interview (in French) here.
On sport side, the show gathers a 3 star and a 1 star jumping competition. Most of the French team, that were crowned World Vice-Champions in Caen in September, are present: Patrice Delaveau, Pénélope Leprevost and Simon Delestre. But they will have to face with a strong foreign field of riders. Among the favorites, are Marc Houtzager (NED), Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED), and Pedro Veniss (RA) will probably be part of the strongest ones.
On the first day, only two jumping classes took place in the late afternoon. They allowed for some of the riders to show the arena to their horse, to other to already get a good ranking. The first class (3* / 1.35m) judged against the clock, saw the victory of the young French Edward Levy on his 12 year old mare Quina (Quo Vados), the only rider to go under 56 seconds. The podium was 100% French with Clement Boulanger on Sweet Phir (Quercus du Maury x Clown du Chesnay) on the 2nd step, and Marc Le Berre on Pampa de Gerdi (Vicomte de la Loge) on the 3rd.
The sports program continues Friday at 8:00 with Agrial Trophy (1.35m). The first highlight will be held from 14:30, with Chaux St Pierre - Group Pigeon Trophy, qualifier for the Grand Prix on Sunday, and counting for the Longines FEI world ranking.
Source: Press release
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