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A French win in the CSIO4*-W Rabat Grand Prix for Emeric George

Saturday, 13 October 2018
CSIO4*-W Rabat 2018

Photo (c) R&B Presse. Emeric George with Chopin des Hayettes. Photo (c) R&B Presse.

The Morocco Royal Tour carries on its tour on the Moroccan coast with the second leg in Rabat, the capital of the country. There were forty-two riders to enter this weekend’s CSIO4*-W Grand Prix, honouring the late Princess Lalla Amina, within the Royal Moroccan Federation of Equestrian Sports’ facilities and it was the French rider Emeric George that went off with the win.

Amongst the riders coming from all horizons to compete in the Rabat arena, only seven managed to produce clears over the track set by course designer Uliano Vezzani. It was a technical course, requiring very precise riding. Some of the world best riders, such as Simon Delestre and Marco Kutscher, experienced difficulties on the course, both having four faults.  

Eleven riders were allowed to jump in this Grand Prix’s second round: Three Swiss riders (Yannick Jorand, Pius Schwizer and Elian Baumann), three Frenchmen (Olivier Perreau, Philippe Rozier and Emeric George), a Belgian (Jérôme Guery), a Spanish (Alberto Marquez-Galobardes), a British (Alison Barton), a Brazilian rider (Pedro Junquiera-Muylaert), and a Syrian (Mohamad Mogheeth Al Shehab).

The first to sign a double clear round was Emeric George, riding Chopin des Hayettes (Radco d'Houtveld SBS x Calbonny) to a fantastic time of 37,64 seconds, which no rider managed to match.

“The course was delicate, which is often the case with Uliano Vezzani’s ones. Here, the poles are quite light, we cannot afford many mistakes, we need be precise and choose the right distances. The course focused on both height and technique. In the jump-off, I think I saved some time on my turn behind the vertical Nº 2, with Qatar colour. Chopin managed to turn very fast, he was willing, and I could ride him during the course by taking all the risks. I had an advantage, riding a smaller horse, with those tight curves. Chopin is in great shape, and I am thinking about riding him again in the Nations Cup on Sunday, I will also count on him to the CSI4*W in El Jadida next week,” the rider said.  

The winner of the 2017 edition of this Grand Prix, Jérôme Guery, finished in second place with a time of 38,22 seconds. On the third step of the podium, was Swiss rider Yannick Jorand in 4,24 seconds.

Press release from R&B Presse

Photo © R&B Presse

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