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Spencer Smith wins Masters One Prix Hubside at the Longines Masters of Paris

Friday, 30 November 2018
CSI5* Longines Masters of Paris 2018

Photo (c) Sportfot Spencer Smith and Happiness. Photo (c) Sportfot.

The first day of competition at the Longines Masters of Paris saw the CSI5* Masters One riders and the CSI2* Masters Two riders compete over the same course in the Prix Hubside. The young American rider Spencer Smith once again beat the best if the world in the Masters One, while Luxemburg’s Charlotte Bettendorf took the first prize for the Masters Two riders. 

The 1.45m Prix Hubside designed by Frank Rothenberger was the highlight of this Thursday. A total of 109 riders from both the Masters One and Masters Two competed against the clock in the Paris arena. 

Riding Happiness (Quadrillo x Burggraaf), a mare belonging to his coach Eric Lamaze, Spencer Smith took the first prize in the Masters One. Snatching the win from the best riders of the world has become a habit for this twenty-two-year-old, when he is competing in France. Tonight he produced the fastest clear in 53.09 seconds. “I love to come to France, I think this country is my lucky charm! I was riding a very good mare so I just let her do her job. It is still rare for me to win at this level. All my horses are in very good form, the competition couldn’t start in a better way,” he said.

Ireland’s Billy Twomey and his stallion Ardcolum Duke (Gypsy Duke x Clover Hill) took second with a time of 53.76. French rider Félicie Bertrand, on top form since the beginning of this 2018 season, was third in 56.88 seconds with Urano de Cartigny (Diamant de Semilly x Double Espoir). 

In the Masters Two, Luxemburg was honoured with the victory of Charlotte Bettendorf with her mare Raia d’Helby (Chapultepec x Papillon Rouge). The couple already scored a win last weekend in Kronenberg. They were clear again today, in a time worthy of a Masters One rider: 55.77 seconds.

“I usually prefer to start at the beginning of the class. Today, however, I was last to go out of over 100 competitors. In the end, it was for the best as I could observe the different options chosen by the other riders. I noticed that for my category, I didn’t have to give it all. My mare was really perfect. I think I gained a lot of time in the option on the way to the fourth jump. She’s usually very consistent in competition. I am really confident for the rest of the weekend,” Bettendorf said.

France’s Jacques Helmlinger took second with Tonic des Mets (Ogrion Des Champs x Damoiseau d'Or) in 57.51 seconds. British rider Louise Saywell and Golden Wave OL (Nartago x Limbo) finished in 58.99 seconds, going into third place.

Press release R&B Presse

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