Season 2010

Chantilly

  • Chantilly
  • 22-25 July 2010

Home Side Dominate in Equidia GP

Release date: 01/01/1970

The home side dominated in the Equidia Grand Prix this afternoon in which there was much more at stake than just the almost 12'000 Euro first prize. The show was also offering a car to the overall leading rider and other prizes to the leading lady and French competitor. Once again Uliano Versani whittled down the 44 starters to a more managable twelve for the jump off with a twisting track that soon sorted out the order. The morning's winner Eric van der Vleuten  was again first against the clock and he set a standard of 37.51 which was good enough for eventual fifth but certainly meant the rest had to use the distance to the last oxer to good effect. First Simon Delestre with Melodie Ardente clipped a second off the Dutchman's time and then to near hysterical cheers so did Roger Yves Bost. Bosty was riding the 'family, horse Nifrane de Kreisker who was good enough to win in Dublin last year and sweet enough to be ridden in a class by Bosty's daughter last week. 36.22 looked unbeatable but Michel Robert on GCT champion Kellemoi Pepita had other ideas. At GCT Cannes a flat out gallop to the last in the GP had seen the last fence demolished twice by other riders but Michel was not deterred. Riding a perfect line on the curve to the last he did not take one pull and his great mare did not falter to charge through the finish in 35.33 to near hysteria from the French crowd. Only Harrie Smolders and Regina Z could now prevent a home side 1,2,3 and when the Dutch mare hit the second, Michel was a fitting winner. Harrie did end up as leading rider of the show and received a new Volkswagen though so it was not all bad for him! Edwina Alexander was best lady and Simon Delestre top French rider. As if the jump off was not exciting enough Michel then delighted the audience by jumping the prize table on his lap of honour!