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French podium in the Tropicana Derby of Dinard

Sunday, 05 August 2018
CSI5/3* Jumping International Dinard 2018

Photo (c) E. Knoll Patrice Delaveau and Vestale de Mazure HDC won the Tropicana Derby. Photo (c) E. Knoll.

The podium of the 2018-edition of the CSI3* Tropicana Derby of Dinard was exclusively French, thanks to 2014 vice-world champion Patrice Delaveau riding Vestale de Mazure HDC (Landor S x Quidam de Revel), Margaux Rocuet on Victoria Barcelona (Huppydam des Horts x Flipper d'Elle HN) and Emeric George riding Atomic Bomb (Iowa x Tresor du Renom).

The mythical Tropicana Derby, which offers a combination of traditional and natural fences over a particularly long distance of 1100m is by far the most spectacular class of the Jumping de Dinard. This year, since the organizer had decided to give a 3* label to the class (instead of the previous 5*), the number of pairs on the start list has more than doubled. 23 riders were determined to write their name on the record of the famous Tropicana Derby of Dinard.

The unusual number of jumping efforts (29), and the alternation of mounds, water jumps, rivers, walls, banks, but also 1m45 high double and triple combinations, oxers and verticals, attracts a huge and enthusiastic crowd year after year.

Only the rider from Normandy, Patrice Delaveau, managed to clear the course, in a time of 169’’76 and clinched victory. The winner had made sure his mare, who usually competes in 1m45 or 1m50 classes, was ready to take part in her first Derby. “That kind of effort requires endurance. It was my target with her, she fulfilled her objective,” said the rider.

Saturday’s CSI5* 1.50m Prix du Conseil Régional de Bretagne at Jumping de Dinard went to Pius Schwizer (SUI) on Very Good de La Bonn (Berlin x Zandor Z).

Eight of the 33 pairs in this class cleared the course, but the Swiss rider and the beautiful grey Selle Français stallion won with style in a time of 71’’69.

“It is a very good day for me,” declared the Swiss rider who had already heard the national anthem playing earlier in the morning in the 7-year-old final he won with the Toulon-son La Roshel. “I have been riding him only for a month, it is an excellent horse.”

Steve Guerdat (SUI), 2012 Olympic Champion, clinched the second place with his Selle Français mare Ulysse des Forêts (Col Canto x Le Tot de Semilly) in a time of 72’’38. “One can always be faster,” said the rider “but I don’t like to reduce the number of strides on arenas like this. It is a very satisfying result for an intermediate class.”

The young French rider Edward Levy and Rebeca LS (Rebozo La Silla x Cassini I) placed third in 72’’89. “I am super happy with my mare, she jumped fantastic, she is a real genius. I have been riding her only for three and a half months, and she belongs to Brianne Goutal, with whom I have a very close professional relationship. I am even happier every time she performs, which is often the case.”

Press release from Jumping International de Dinard

Picture © E. Knoll

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