Season 2011

Cannes

  • Cannes
  • 9th-11th June 2011

Pablo Barrios celebrates the 1.50m win

Release date: 01/01/1970

Fifteen of the 45 starters jumped clear in the first round with 12 clears electing to start over the 8 effort jump-off.  Three riders Edwina Alexander (AUS), Alvaro de Miranda Neto (BRA) and Michel Robert (FRA) decided to keep their horses fresh for the Grand Prix of Cannes that will run on Saturday evening.

The cleverly designed jump-off track had a mix of short turn-ups and open rides to big wide oxers with a curved line across the corner of the arena to the final vertical.

Time decided the fate of the 6 that jumped double clear.  Dutch rider Marc Houtzager set the early pace (37.77secs) riding Serrehof’s Opium.  Next rider out Patrice Deleveau (FRA) couldn’t beat the time with Ornell Mail (37.91).

Speed kind Roger-Yves Bost made better time from the third obstacle to the double and kicked home to the last fence on course and through the timer in 37.02 seconds.

As the class unfolded others were unable to catch him. Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) and Nick Skelton (GB) tried an inside option after the double to the wide oxer across the arena but rails down set them out of contention in the end.

Venezuelan Pablo Barrios set his intention of winning clearly from the minute he come through the start.  An inspiring speedy round, Pablo Barrios did not take rein to the last two elements and was home free to win with G & C Quick Star II in a time of 36.20 seconds.

Image; Pablo Barrios and G & C Quick Star II

Photo Credit; Stefano Grasso

Quotes

Belgian Course designer Luc Musette

Commenting on arena preparations and the first day courses

It is a normal practice for us to build the courses to encourage the horses to become confident in lead up to the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix.  The horses need to familiarize themselves with the different types of fences and the articificial night-lights presented here in Cannes. 

The course is a little bit open and the height is a good 1.50m.  I hoped for 12-15 clears through to jump-off for an interesting competition and in the end the prediction was spot on.

Winner Pablo Barrios

On his win

She is a very consistent mare and she always go for a clear.  She has a lot of temperament

On being at the Global Champions Tour

Once you get to the top 30 it is like having your Formula 1 license.

On his career as a rider

I am actually an architect and I quite my job 15 years ago to be a professional rider.  I competed for 5 years in Venezuela and then for 10 years in the USA sponsored by G & C.

Top 6 Placings

1. Pablo Barrios (VEN)  G & C Quick Star  36.20

2.Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) Ideal de la Loge 37.02

3. Marc Houtzage (NED) Serrehof's Opium 37.77

4. Patrice Delaveau (FRA) Ornella Mail 37.91

5. Olivier Guillon (FRA) Lord de Thieze 38.04

6. Judy-Ann Melchior (BEL) Little Lady Z 41.82