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.
Source: Press release from Pixizone PR Agency
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