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Quotes from La Baule

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Euphony Cadjanine Z and Gregory Wathelet in La Baule. hoto by Jean Morel/FEI.Belgian Chef d’Equipe Philippe Guerdat on the jump-off between Belgium and the Netherlands: “It’s very rare to have a jump-off in a Nations Cup and we had not discussed it beforehand”.

And on who that should return to the arena: “Gregory had just finished, and his horse had caught his breath and it wasn’t a long jump-off course, so it made sense to send him back in”.

Gregory Wathelet on jump-off tactics: “I didn’t see Albert (Voorn) go, but my Chef d’Equipe (Philippe Guerdat) told me not to go crazy-fast”.

And on Euphony Cadjanine Z, that Wathelet has only been riding for a few months: “I didn’t know how fast she is but I knew I had to try and that I could have one down - after I hit the fence I just watched the time and I knew we would get home safely”.

Philippe Le Jeune on the course: “It was a big course but delicate. It was definitely sport at the highest level and you have to keep in mind when you are building courses at the beginning of this long season that horses have to stay fresh for the Olympic Games.  Seeing horses coming home with 16 or 20 faults is not good for them, or for the sport - so today’s test was a really good one”.

John Roche, FEI Jumping Director: “We have had fantastic sport today and it has been a super start to the new FEI Nations Cup season. I’d like to thank our sponsors, the Saudi Equestrian Fund, for their support, and also the city of La Baule”.

Course Designer Frederic Cottier: “I’d like to emphasise the quality of the footing here. It is exceptional and has the same qualities as jumping on sand which is very rare”.

Source: FEI

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