Jumping international de Dinard: the Derby de Bretagne for Spain
The competition continues at the Jumping International de Dinard, and the Val Porée equestrian stadium hosted seven events this Saturday, four on the sand track and three on the grass field, including the traditional Derby de Bretagne. This one, as usual, brought together many spectators and saw the Spaniard Gonzalo Busca Roca brilliantly win with his masterful Classified.
The CSI1* riders had another appointment on the grass track at the beginning of the morning. The 1.15m class with jump-off, in the colors of the Institut Esthederm, saw thirty-six riders take the start at 8am and once again crowned the young Zoé Vageon Ledy and Arkana Messipierre, who thus signed their third victory in this CSI1*! The couple is ahead of the French riders Estelle Cheminat and Estelle Marty, who took the second and third step of the podium. The 1.25m class, sponsored by Emeria Dinard Thalasso & Spa, crowned Sarah Marcel Dirickx with her excellent Trynytee des Aunetes, which she took out earlier in the year on the Only Jump circuit, where she obtained her ticket for the CSI1* in Dinard. Sarah is ahead of French rider Pauline Sabouraud and British rider Nicola Wilson.
On the sand track, the CSI3* riders competed in a 1.45m jump-off, in the colors of the CRE Bretagne. Twelve couples managed to get through the difficulties set up by the ringmaster Jean-Philippe Desmarez. If Philippe Rozier and his good Le Coultre de Muze had a good option at the beginning of the jump-off (39,23), they were quickly caught by the talented Brazilian, Rodrigo Pessoa and his mare Chili, who signed a course without penalty, by lowering the time under the 38 second’s bar. Third place went to the American rider Maya Aryal on My Girl 52.
Then, at the end of the morning, the riders of the CSI5* joined the sand, to compete in the A scale on time, a speed event in the colors of Conseil municipal de Dinard. Out of the thirty-four couples entered in this event, only six managed to complete a clear round and it was the German Daniel Deusser who was the fastest, flying over the difficulties set up by Jean-François Morand with ease. In 63.15, with Kiana Van Het Herdershof, he was ahead of the world number two, the Swede Henrik von Eckermann who, with Iliana, finished in 65.52. The third place is for the Irish Bertram Allen and his Selle Français Empoli de Champloue.
Finally, the last event of this edition for the sand track, the Grand Prix at 1.35m of the CSI1*L, in the colors of the Union Commerciale et BNI de Dinard, which brought together twenty-one Amazons. The Americans did a very good job, as they took the first and second places in the ranking: Stella Stinnett won with Storiall Blue ahead of Alexa Pessoa and La Caramba, nine hundredths of a second slower in the jump-off. Third place went to Marie Sapin and Unio de Curaine.
Time for the stars of tomorrow
In addition to the Derby, one of the highlights of this third day of competition was the Grand Prix reserved for 7 year old horses, as part of the CSIYH1* label. And the least we can say is that the succession of today’s top riders seems to be well and truly assured. On a course ridden by Jean-François Morand, the couples competing in this event in the colors of Groupe Lamotte – Elevage d’Helby started at 1.15 pm. No less than thirteen of them made it through to the jump-off and, despite a magnificent grouping of French riders, it was an Amazon in the colors of Germany who managed to impose her excellent Tabasco de Toxandria Z, a son of Thunder Vd Zuuthoeve. Kendra Claricia Brinkop posted a time of 43.01, more than a second and a half slower than the Frenchman Roger-Yves Bost and Friday Treize, who won the day before. Third place in this Prix goes to Breton Robin Lesqueren and his FBI d’Ellipse (45.60).
The Derby de Bretagne for Spain
It was necessary to play elbows, this Saturday afternoon, to hope to obtain a place of choice to observe the spectacle offered by the Derby de Bretagne! In front of a packed stadium, the title contenders set off at 5pm on the long course of the traditional Derby which, as usual, kept all its promises in terms of spectacle! Both fixed and mobile obstacles caused some difficulties for the riders, including the river in which some mounts, including that of local rider Mathieu Bourdon (Atina du Tertre), stepped. Second to start, Julien Gonin (Cymba) managed to leave the track with two penalties and a time of 164.50. It wasn’t long before a fashionable course without penalties took shape: fifth at the start, the American Katherine A. Dinan signed a magnificent round with her agile Atika des Hauts Vents. The pair finished clear in 175.76, and was immediately followed by Emeric George and Dune du Ru, faster (163.93). While Nicolas Delmotte (Denerys du montceau) suffered two faults, as did Mathieu Bourdon, the Swiss Steve Guerdat (Double Jeu D’Honvault), twelfth to start, also found the keys to this impressive course. But he was slower than the French pair and took second place in the provisional ranking, ahead of Katherine A. Dinan. Margaux Rocuet (Dora du Valon), winner of the 2019 Derby and penultimate rider to start, made two faults… The victory thus seems to have been won by Emeric George from France, while there was one couple left in the running, the Spaniard Gonzalo Busca Roca and Classified. And in sport, if the match is not over, nothing is decided in advance. In a sustained gallop, the thirty-nine-year-old rider rode a clean course, at the controls of his gelding… to finally sign a clear round, with more than three seconds of advance on Emeric George! The victory in this 2022 edition of the Derby de Bretagne is therefore Spanish.
Comunicato Jumping International de Dinard
Foto (Mention: Sportfot/Jumping international de Dinard) – Gonzalo Busca Roca (ESP) and Classified, winners of the Derby de Bretagne (CSI3*)