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International Show Jumping of Vichy: Sébastien Duplant on the wings of Pégase du Mûrier

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Pégase du Mûrier flying to victory in Vichy with Sébastien Duplant. Photo by Pixizone PR Agency.Riding the grey Selle Français stallion Pégase du Mûrier (Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly), home rider Sébastien Duplant clinched the first Grand Prix qualifier at the CSI3* show in Vichy, France on Friday. Duplant finished ahead of another French rider; Mathieu Laveau on Phelius Ste Hermelle (Surcouf de Revel x Brilloso). In third came Swiss rider Beat Mandli on Super Trooper de Ness (Vigo D'Arsouilles x Polydor). With her 4th place, Alexandra Francart keeps the lead as the Best Female Rider of the Show.

Originally from Lyon, Sébastien Duplant chose to settle down a little further on the South side of Aix-en-Provence, at Reynald Gras' private stable. As a professional rider, he rides seven horses and the powerful gray Pégase du Mûrier is the leading one in his string. "For three years I have been working for Mr. Gras, and riding Pegasus," says Sébastien. "We started slowly on 1.30 m-1, 35m level. He won many 1.45 m classes over the last two years, and now at 1.50 m as today." Purchased by Reynald Gras at the age of 6 months at the Fences auctions, little Pégase became great.

The pair went as second in the jump off - with a total of 19 couples qualified - and the duo showed great confidence. "To win was not the goal, but I ride all the classes in the same way, trying to win. I select only two competitions per month maximum with him, allowing to save him," said the rider.

Winners this season of the international Grand Prix of Cagnes-sur-Mer and Grenoble, the pair already has nine victories under their belt.

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Source: Press release from Pixizone PR Agency

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