With European summertime drawing to an in depth, so too does the Rolex Grands Prix summer season season, which begins in Might and ends on the ultimate weekend in August. Over the course of this four-month interval, Rolex is the title companion of six prestigious exhibits’ Grands Prix, each sitting exterior of the revered Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping.
CSIO Leaping Worldwide de la Baule hosted the primary Rolex Grand Prix of the summer season season, additionally marking the primary time Rolex has sponsored the present, a agency favorite with riders. Delighted crowds witnessed 59-year-old Canadian Beth Underhill and Dieu Merci Van T&L carry the inaugural trophy. The mare was beforehand ridden by Eric Lamaze, who has now retired from the game as a consequence of well being points. Lamaze is now offering his professional information to the Canadian group in his new function as Chef d’Equipe and was with Underhill on the present. Second place went to Yuri Mansur of Brazil together with his gelding Vitiki, with Frenchman Pierre Marie Friant claiming third with Urdy d’Astrée.
Only a week later, the world’s finest horse and rider mixtures made the quick journey throughout the English Channel to the spectacular CHI Royal Windsor Horse Present within the grounds of Windsor Citadel, which this yr hosted a spectacular equestrian and musical efficiency to have fun Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign. Equestrian royalty gathered to contest the Rolex Grand Prix, which, in typical English type, was held below gray clouds and wet skies. Bernardo Costa Cabral’s course triggered points all through, with solely three mixtures finally progressing to the jump-off. First to go was Belgian Gregory Wathelet together with his trusted companion Nevados S who laid down a gauntlet that neither Max Kühner of Austria nor Daniel Bluman from Israel might match. Wathelet and his stallion now goal the FEI World Championships, each hoping to hold ahead their successful kind.
Subsequent up was CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena, which is sometimes called probably the most picturesque present leaping occasion on the planet. On the pristine oval area the place 49 of the world’s finest partnerships competed, 13 proceeded to the jump-off. A lot to his delight, Irishman Denis Lynch claimed his second Rolex Grand Prix in Roma, his first coming in 2008 with the nice Lantinus. Lynch had solely just lately taken over the reins of his trip Brooklyn Heights, however the duo was in concord and produced the quickest spherical to take the title. Germany’s Jana Wargers and her bay stallion Limbridge adopted up in second place and residential favorite Piergiorgio Bucci took third.
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