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Looking back at La Baule: Best of the Rolex Grand Prix Ville de La Baule

Wednesday, 11 May 2022
CSIO5* Jumping International La Baule 2022

We look back at Sunday’s CSIO5* 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix Ville de La Baule, which was a real highlight, full of action, fantastic riding, incredible horses and lots of surprises. Only two riders managed to produce double clears in the Grand Prix; Beth Underhill, who stole the show in La Baule when jumping clear in both rounds of the Nations Cup and then again in the Rolex Grand Prix – taking the vicory in this prestigious class ahead of Yuri Mansur. Pierre Marie Friant and Gregory Wathelet shared the third place. 

Photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. It is not often that there is a tie on the podium, but this time around Pierre Marie Friant and Gregory Wathelet had to share the third place. Pierre Marie Friant had a very unlucky pole in round two, while Wathelet added four faults to his score in round one – however, they ended the second round on exactly the same time: 41.66.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Yuri Mansur celebrates aboard Vitiki, a horse with a very special place in the Brazilian rider's heart.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. One shoe less during the second round didn't stop Pierre Marie Friant and Urdy d'Astree from taking the third place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Belgium's Gregory Wathelet and Nevados S had a fantastic show; they were on the winning team in Friday's Nations Cup after a double clear round and went on to finish third in the Grand Prix. Here over the open water.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Jumping 1.60m fences with only one stirrup isn't for everyone, but Steve Guerdat had no problem keeping his balance. With Venard de Cerisy, the former world no. one finished fifth, after recording four faults in the first round and jumping clear in round two.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Harrie Smolders and Bingo du Parc delivered the first clear in the Grand Prix. However, after four faults in the second round the two had to settle for the eight place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Martin Fuchs, who has won almost everything lately, had a good start with Conner Jei with a clear in the first round. Unfortunately, things did not go quite right in round two and Fuchs decided to retire.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Last year's winner Nicolas Delmotte rode the only 9-year-old Dallas Vegas Batilly this time around. After two time faults in the first round and two poles in the second, the French rider ended 12th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. We'll see a lot more of this horse: Simon Delestre's 10-year-old Cayman Jolly Jumper stole hearts in La Baule after jumping outstanding both in the Nations Cup and in the Grand Prix. With a clear in round one, and four faults in round two, the pair ended 7th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. It doesn't always go as planned....

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Switzerland's young talent Edouard Schmitz and Quno impressed with a solid clear in the first round. Unfortunately, a pole on the penultimate oxer fell in round two and the pair had to settle for 6th place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Surprise, surprise; Pierre Marie Friant has not made many appearances on five-star level, but finished best of the French in third place with Urdy d'Astree.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. The powerful GFE Excalibur de la Tour Vidal jumped with only a time penalty in round one with Penelope Leprevost, good enough to move them on among the thirteen best to round two where they had one pole down.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. The stunning Chaclot also had one time penalty in round one, but added four more to the score in round two with Italy's Ricardo Pisani.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Yuri Mansur catching up the colours from the sponsor fences.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Admara jumped a fantastic first round with Carlos Lopez in the saddle, and finished on three time penalties. In round two, one pole fell and two more time faults were added which left the pair 11th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Nevados S paid most attention to the mares present at the prize giving.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Urdy d'Astree: The home hero!



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