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Looking back at La Baule: Faces and feelings from the CSIO5* Nations Cup Ville de La Baule

Monday, 09 May 2022
CSIO5* Jumping International La Baule 2022

We look back at Friday's CSIO5* Nations Cup Ville de La Baule – a real thriller, which kept spectators at the edge of their seats until the last fence had been jumped. 

It all started nice and quietly though, with a team presentation; here Canada's Tiffany Foster and Beth Underhill. 

Photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. If it's not on Instagram, did it even happen? Filippo Marco Bologni made sure to document the fantastic crowds in La Baule.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Switzerland, last year's winner of the Nations Cup in La Baule, had to settle for fourth place this time around.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Caption this... Yann Candele and Beth Underhill during the course walk.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Living legend Michel Robert.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann was sidelined for the Nations Cup, as was his team mate Evelina Tovek. One of the horses from Tovek and Von Eckermann's team got febrile upon arrival in La Baule, and later tested positive for EHV-2. The horse in question was declared fever-free the next day, and none of the horses had any symptoms, but with all of them in isolation, the Swedish team was left with only three riders.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Swiss Chef d'Equipe Michel Sorg.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Sometimes you win... Sometimes you don't... Pedro Veniss crossing the finish line with four faults in the first round aboard Nimrod de Muze Z.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. It was not Brazil's day.. In the first round, with only two fences left to jump, Luiz Francisco De Azevedo and My Way had a fall. Luckily, both horse and rider were ok and came back for the second round to finish with only a rail down.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Big smiles on Team Dreher after Hansi and Elysium cleared the second round. It did not help much for Germany though, that eventually finished 6th of the eight teams.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Fifth placed Italy celebrating Antonio Maria Garofalo and Conquestador's double clear round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. And the rider himself!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Living on the edge?

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. A happy Simon Delestre who delivered a fantastic clear on the small but mighty Hickstead-son Cayman Jolly Jumper in round two of the Nations Cup, to help France finish second.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. A snack for Wilma Hellström's Cicci BJN.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. A happy Jana Wargers for Germany after a clear from Limbridge in round two.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Canadian Chef d'Equipe Eric Lamaze has made a lot happen in a short amount of time for Team Canada. At the beginning of the month, Lamaze helped secure Yann Candele the ride on Farezzo through a new partnership with Adam Pearsall. And in La Baule the new pair was already in action.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Lamaze's former top horse Dieu Merci van T&L is now seen with Beth Underhill, who joined forces with Torrey Pines Stable at the end of last year, and the two seem to be a match made in heaven. In their first Nations Cup, they jumped one of the only three double clears in the competition and helped Canada finish third.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Megane Moissonnier and Cordial impressed for France with a clear in round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Kevin Staut and Simon Delestre celebrating after a stellar clear performance from Visconti du Telman, which helped France finish second.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Amy Millar and Truman delivered as anchors for Canada, jumping clear to help Canada finish third.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. The Nations Cup was a thriller, and it all came down to the very last rider in the ring. If Jerome Guery would have had one down, or more, it would have been a jump-off for the win. Here Canada's Tiffany Foster and Beth Underhill going through the jump-off course, while waiting to see if Guery would jump clear – which he did.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Cayman Jolly Jumper is definitely one to watch for the future...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Tiffany Foster's Figor was not impressed by the prize giving...while Farezzo and Truman took it all with ease.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Grass first, the rest later.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for WoSJ. Showjumping can be draining! Filippo Marco Bologni's face says it all after jumping clear in the second round with Quilazio.



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