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Denis Lynch and Rubens LS La Silla win the Derby Région des Pays de la Loire

Saturday, 07 May 2022
CSIO5* Jumping International La Baule 2022

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Denis Lynch and Rubens LS La Silla; winners of the Derby Région des Pays de la Loire. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Denis Lynch (IRL) and the 16-year-old stallion Rubens LS La Silla (HH Rebozo x Cash) won Saturday's CSIO5* Derby Région des Pays de la Loire at Jumping International La Baule, France. 

Only two riders managed to deliver clear rounds over the traditional derby track, which counted 22 fences and 26 efforts – with plenty of natural elements included. The first of the two clears came early on, from home hero Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) on Denerys du Montceau (L'Arc de Triomphe *Bois Margot x Rox de la Touche) who stopped the clock at 139.61 seconds. However, coming in towards the very end, Lynch snatched the win from the hosts when making the challenging derby track look easy and bringing the time down to 132.10 seconds.

Fastest of all was Mark McAuley (IRL) in 131.12 seconds, but with four faults he had to settle for the third place with his veteran Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy x Cardento). Bryan Balsiger (SUI) also recorded four faults to finish fourth with Urbanus Z (Ugano Sitte x Voltaire), while Edward Levy (FRA) was the fastest of the riders on eight faults and took the fifth place with Confidence d'Ass (Diamant de Semilly x Eurocommerce Berlin). 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. The top three in the La Baule Derby: Denis Lynch, Nicolas Delmotte and Mark McAuley. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

"The one thing I have learned from La Baule is that you need to train the lake, and we have a lake nearby, so I have spent some time going in and out and he really enjoyed it. Two weeks before coming here he was on the racetrack, working well, so we thought let's try our luck," Lynch said about what he has worked on to get ready for the derby with Rubens LS La Silla. 

"He's a very experienced horse, and I'm lucky to have him," Lynch said about his winning partner Rubens LS La Silla. "This is maybe his last few shows, as he goes to stud for breeding. Obviously, every class you ride, you try to do as best as possible."

"Last year I had Citadin in the Derby, he was 9-years-old then and I wanted to give him experience," said runner-up Delmotte. "This year, I decided to put Denerys who is also 9-years-old. I think that the Derby is really a beautiful class, very pleasant to ride, the course is superb. The track is great, the ground is really very good. We have really great conditions. And of course, as soon as you get in this arena with this public, it's very motivating. From the start I said that I was not fast enough. Anyway, congratulations to Denis, he really did a school course, it was really magnificent!"

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