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La Baule Derby to Funnel & Kannelle de la Baille

Saturday, 14 May 2011

William and Kanelle - winners of the Derby. Photo by PSV/Jean Morel. The famous La Baule Derby was won by British rider William Funnel on the SF-mare Kannelle de la Baille (Allegreto x Rivage du Poncel). The Norwegian owned mare has turned out to be a real derby-specialist, as she also won the Falsterbo-derby in Sweden last year for Funnel. Funnel had by far the fastest clear round, leaving Julien Epaillard and Commissario (Cash x Calato)in second and Jerome Guery in third aboard Ramiro de Belle Vue (Mozart des hayettes x Capricieux des Six Censes). There were only four clears in the class – Philippe Le Jeune was the only other rider to go clear.

“This year, I thought I’d have a good chance to win the Derby. But during the course inspection I saw some rather difficult combination jumps. And when I saw Julien’s round, I said to myself that it was going to be very tough! But, a Derby is long and anything can happen! At any rate, I was lucky because one bar rattled, but it didn’t fall,” said William after his round. Regarding Kannelle de la Baie: “We bought her at the beginning of last year for a friend of mine. But the friend fell ill and I’ve been riding her since. We finished 3rd at the Hickstead Derby last year. This year, she rode in a few shows on the Sunshine Tour and last week we rode the cross country in Fontainebleau.”

For full results click here.

The five star speed class of the day – a 1.45/1.50 class – was won by Eric Lamaze and Coriana van Klapscheut (Darco x Heartbreaker). The pair was 0.09 seconds faster than Roger Yves Bost aboard Nikyta D’Elle (Richebourg x Girouette d’Elle). Jerome Guery was third on the Darco-stallion Waldo.

For full results click here.

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