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Victory for Nina and Eric at the Saut Hermes

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Nina and Eric win in Paris. Photo by Frederic Chehu.The Saut Hermes show in Paris continued today with Nina Fagerström and Eric Lamaze taking home the biggest win of the day. In the pair competition the two riders took home the first prize on 50 000 Euro after both jumping double clear rounds, and producing extremely fast times in the second round.

Beezie Madden on Coral Reef Via Volo and Richard Spooner on a quite calm Cristallo were the first pair to produce two clear rounds in the first round, but unfortunately Madden ended up with one time fault. Harrie Smolders’ Regina Z jumped a fantastic clear – giving the fences plenty of air, but his partner Edwina Alexander had two fences down on Ciske van Overis. Laura Kraut and the bouncy Cedric and Pius Schwizer and Carlina are two of the fastest competitors on the international circuit, and with their two clears they looked dangerous going into the second round. The Swedish pair – Malin Bayard-Johnsson on Reveur de Hurtebise and Rolf Göran Bengtsson and Casall la Silla rode two beautiful clear rounds, as did Nina and Talent and Eric and Hickstead. Meredith Michaels Beerbaum’s Kismet 50 also jumped amazing, looking promising for the future. Meredith’s partner Marcus Ehning on Plot Blue was unlucky to get a time fault though.

The course for the second round was reduced from eleven to eight fences, and the four fence combination was build down to a regular one. A vertical on a five stride line from an oxer proved challenging for many – Edwina Alexander, Harrie Smolders, Sergio Alvares Moya, Pius Schwizer and Malin Baryard-Johnsson all had the fence down. Meredith and Marcus both produced two more clear rounds, and ended up with a total score of one fault. Beezie and Richard copied them, and went into the lead with a clean sheet and a total time of 86.91. Nina Fagerström is one of the fastest riders in the world, and raced around the course on Talent ending up with a time of 40.50. Eric Lamaze made sure he was just as good, and a super careful Hickstead left all the fences intact. Their time was 39.82, making the pair’s total time 80.32. Neither Kraut and Schwizer or Malin and Rolf could catch them, as Pius and Malin both had the challenging vertical down. Laura Kraut on Cedric had a fastest time of the day though – but had a minor breathtaking moment after racing down to the final fence and missing a good stride to the wall.

Apart from being team mates today, Nina is also Eric’s pupil: “but nowadays it’s more Nina who trains me,” said Lamaze after the victory. “Nina did well again this year. Last year, I had a fault. Today, she went clear again and I did a bit better, so I am the one who is still learning!” Nina also commented on the victory; “It was a nice course to ride with its unique combination of four fences. We had a good amount of clear rounds and a nice jump-off and it’s an honor to ride with an Olympic champion.”

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Roger Yves Bost nad Nikyta d'Elle. Photo by Frederic Chehu.The 1.50 speed class of the day was won by French rider Roger Yves Bost on Nikyta d’Elle, much to the pleasure of the home crowds. Yesterday’s winner Julien Epaillard was second aboard the appropriate named Champs Elysees. Marcus Ehning finished third on Sabrina, and thus prevented a triple French in the top as Kevin Staut was fourth on Silvana. “It’s important to win in Paris, especially in a competition like the Prix GL events. And winning underneath the glass roof of the Grand Palais is even more fabulous,” said Bost after his win.

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The Les Talents Hermes class for the riders under 25 was won by Tobias Meyer on Aluta, with Lorenzo de Luca on Skik second and Daniel Neilson on Chauvanist third.

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