Kevin Staut pinned French compatriot, Simon Delestre, into runner-up spot at the nail-biting last leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2015 Western European League in Bordeaux on Saturday night. It was Staut’s first major victory for some time, and it was achieved by a brilliant performance from the 35-year-old rider and his 15-year-old gelding Reveur de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des Six Censes) who brought the packed stadium of spectators to their feet.
With 17 through to the jump-off, and huge tension in the air as riders battled it out for the last few qualifying spots still up for grabs for next month’s Longines Final in Gothenburg, this was never going to be an easy one to win. And the man who currently ranks 14th in the world was keen to firmly secure his place at the Swedish fixture.
“I felt I needed a few more points but normally I’m not really fast with this horse, and the last time we won a 5-Star Grand Prix was in Monte Carlo five years ago! But he has been fantastic here in Bordeaux and everything went great for us in the jump-off” said Staut, who added that tonight’s victory is a real confidence-booster for the remainder of this Olympic year.
Pius Schwizer and PSG Future (Cash And Carry x Lorentin I), winners at the penultimate leg of the series on home ground in Zurich last Sunday, made a surprise exit from the competition following a mistake at the first element of the influential triple combination, fence six in the first round. But 17 took on the jump-off course designed by Italy’s Uliano Vezzani, and it was as clever as it gets, with control, balance, pace and accuracy all put to the ultimate test.
Starting out over a big oxer, most rode a seven-stride pattern to the following oxer before turning left-handed to yet another which was formerly the second obstacle on the track. And Britain’s Laura Renwick snatched the early lead with Bintang ll (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Orlando) when turning sharp right-handed to the fourth jump on this course, the vertical at fence eight which was followed by the tricky double, oxer-to-vertical, at nine. Turning right again horses needed to angle the next oxer, fence 10, before taking a long run to the vertical at 12 and finally making another long gallop to the closing Longines oxer. Second against the clock, Renwick set the target in 42.35 seconds, and although this was clearly a beatable time it was always going to be competitive.
Source: Press release from the FEI // Pitcures © Eric Knoll/FEI
LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING
presented by EQUIDIA LIFE
Épreuve barème A avec barrage (1.60 m)
|1.||Reveur de Hurtebise H D C||Staut, Kevin||FRA||51150 EUR||0 penalties 39.86 sec|
|alez 15y.H /Kashmir van Schuttershof/Capricieux Des Six Censes/SBS/SWE40272/ Hara||jump-off|
|2.||Qlassic Bois Margot||Delestre, Simon||FRA||31000 EUR||0 penalties 40.74 sec|
|noir 12y.M /l’Arc de Triomphe/Galoubet A/SF/102ZZ81/ Haras du Bois Margot||jump-off|
|3.||Caretina de Joter||Tops-Alexander, Edwina||AUS||23250 EUR||0 penalties 40.90 sec|
|bai 11y.F /Caretino/Contender/HOLST/103JP10/ Edwina Tops-Alexander||jump-off|
|4.||Cornado NRW||Ehning, Marcus||GER||15500 EUR||0 penalties 41.97 sec|
|gris 13y.M /Cornet Obolensky/Acobat/WESTF/GER45924/ Nordrhein-Westfälisches Landg||jump-off|
|5.||All Star 5||Lynch, Denis||IRL||9300 EUR||0 penalties 42.03 sec|
|bai 13y.M /Argentinus/Alme/HANN/102UL65/ Denis Lynch & Thomas Straumann||jump-off|
|6.||Bintang II||Renwick, Laura||GBR||6975 EUR||0 penalties 42.35 sec|
|bai 10y.H /Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve/Orlando/KWPN/103LL90/ Mr & Mrs Renwick||jump-off|