Kévin Staut Triumphs in the CSI4* Grand Prix of Canteleu with Vida Loca Z

Kévin Staut in sella a Vida Loca Z

Kévin Staut riding Vida Loca Z Agence Ecary – Jumping International de Canteleu 4*

In the first CSI4* Grand Prix scheduled for the Jumping International de Canteleu, French rider Kévin Staut clinched victory aboard Vida Loca Z. The pair completed the two rounds of the course designed by co-course designer of the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Grégory Bodo, flawlessly and in the fastest time.

Only five pairs managed to finish Sunday’s competition with a double clear; following Staut on the podium were Andres Vereecke on Noyelle VD Begijnakker in second place and Kyle Timm with Candar Mail in third.

Organized by Equi-Normandie, the event hosted a four-star CSI for the first time, highlighting the importance and attraction it has gained in the world of equestrian sports.

Under the direction of Grégory Bodo, who crafted the courses as only a master of the discipline can, riders and their horses faced a series of challenging obstacles that tested their precision, speed, and technique. The two-round format naturally selected the best pairs, with only thirteen having the honor of advancing to the second round.

The highlight was undoubtedly the duel between Kévin Staut and Andres Vereecke, who engaged in a true speed battle; ultimately, Staut stopped the clock at 44.50 seconds, compared to Vereecke’s 44.83. Kevin Staut’s victory gave the French audience a home win and the thrill of hearing the national anthem “La Marseillaise” at the conclusion of the category.

For the complete standings, click here.

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