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Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue best in the CSI4* Grand Prix at Hubside Jumping

Sunday, 21 June 2020
CSI4* Hubside Jumping Grimaud 2020

Photo © Marco Villanti/Hubside Jumping Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue won the CSI4* Grand Prix at Hubside Jumping. Photo © Marco Villanti/Hubside Jumping.

 

From press release by Hubside Jumping

 


 

This afternoon the Hubside Jumping in Grimaud's CSI4* Grand Prix played host to what could be called the cream of the discipline: 45 competitors, among the best riders in the world, Olympic champions, European champions, show jumping legends and the two best riders on the current world ranking. It’s true that after three months of sport being at a complete standstill, the riders were keen to go back to the showgrounds, and all of them are aware that there will not be many shows to go to this year.  

The Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten riding Dana Blue (Mr. Blue x Hemmingway) was victorious over the 1.55m course designed by Andrea Colombo, ahead of Belgium’s Jos Verlooy on Igor (Emerald x Nabab de Reve) and Italy’s Emilio Biocchi on Evita SG Z (Verdi TN x Codexco). Simon Delestre was the best French rider, finishing fourth with Berlux Z (Eurocommerce Berlin x Major de La Cour) ahead of Ireland's Mark McAuley aboard Jasco Vd Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Krunch de Breve) in fifth.

“It was a fabulous jump-off,” commented van der Vleuten. "And I must admit that all week the jump-offs have been great to ride! On Friday, I was already qualified for the jump-off of a big class with Dana Blue, but I made a mistake in a turn because I was over-confident. So today I really wanted to ride well for my mare who really deserves this. She is naturally very fast and all she needs is to be ridden well. It’s my first time competing at the Hubside Jumping and I’m delighted! The facilities are great, they are very spacious, there are lots of places where you can train in the shade, the ring is huge and it’s always very sunny. I am really pleased that I’m staying for two more weeks, and that I’ll be taking part in the CSI5* show in July.”

 

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