Gwendolen Fer (FRA) using Romantic Love – FEI/Libby Legislation Pictures.
The house facet dominated the French leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ from starting till finish. Their total rating of 101.5 put them nicely forward of Belgium, who accomplished on 142.8. Third place went to Nice Britain who completed on 149.9.
This was the fifth leg of this standard collection which happened for the primary time at Haras de Jardy, Normandy and attracted 9 European nations in addition to Australia. The victorious French staff was made up of skilled staff members Maxime Livio and Gwendolyn Fer, along with up-and-coming expertise, Julie Simone and Camille Lejeune. All 4 riders carried out nicely sufficient to place them inside the highest ten with Livio successful the CCIO4*-NC individually on the spectacular gray, Api Du Libaire, and Lejeune ending in second place aboard Dame Decoeur Tardonne.
Talking after the occasion, the triumphant Livio summed up the end result for his staff and his personal efficiency together with his Selle Francais gelding. “It’s all the time an incredible feeling to have such a win, particularly once we are in France for the French staff. I’m more than happy particularly for this horse as a result of he has come again on the excessive degree simply this week and he concluded with a win and I’m so joyful. It was his first large present of the season, so the stress was a bit larger. It’s all the time a pleasure to experience at Jardy as a result of it’s a pleasant place for the horses, and it was a pleasure to return again with one in every of my high horses and I used to be happy. I actually appreciated his mentality as a result of he was actually linked with me.”
With world-renowned course designer Pierre Michelet in control of the cross-country, riders knew they might face a troublesome check. The French designer has designed numerous championship programs, together with the Rio Olympics, the 2014 FEI World Championships in Haras du Pin, and Pau CCI 5*. While France led all through, the cross-country course shook up the order beneath that. Germany, who was second behind France after the primary section, had just one rider full the competitors and due to this fact completed in tenth, the underside of the desk.
Camille Lejeune commented on the severity of the cross-country course, which proved to be notably influential and noticed numerous eliminations, retirements, and each leaping and time faults all through the day. “That was the primary time for the Nations Cup in Jardy. It was a really robust course, very twisty, a lot of fences and a number of jumps. One thing like 40 jumps in six minutes 38, so it was a really fast race. Every part was nice with my horse.”
Livio was joyful to be using a extra skilled horse on the cross-country. “The course was technical, with many combos and massive angles and totally different striding with many decisions for the riders, however my horse could be very skilled, so I used to be fairly assured. The time right here is all the time tough, so I made a decision to go for the time originally of the course after which simply really feel my horse. From starting to finish, he was very motivated and centered on every fence, so he completed contained in the time and I feel he loved quite a bit, the course.”
The sixth leg of the Nations Cup performs out in Avenches (Switzerland), which takes place from 20-23 July. The Collection will conclude at Boekelo (NED) from 4-8 October, the place the ultimate Paris Olympics staff place might be awarded to the very best place nation not already certified. Belgium, who’s a type of nations in search of a spot in Paris, proceed to guide the collection on 440 factors. They’ve focused the Nations Cup for the aim of serving to their likelihood of qualification, and have despatched a staff to everybody up to now.
by Eleanore Kelly