This Week In Show Jumping: Movers, Shakers, & History Makers

Simon Delestre & Hermes Ryan Ph. ©Thomas Reiner

Welcome to a new recap series on, where you can find international results and highlights all in one place – every week.

Three Cheers for…

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan left the desert horse show on Sunday with one big check! The longtime pair who captured the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ Thermal in February returned in top form to ride away with the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal Desert Horse Park.

Rides That Caught Our Eye:

Nineteen-year-old Belgian rider Gilles Thomas jumped to a repeat CSI2* Lier Grand Prix victory since 2017. Why the name ‘Gilles Thomas’ needs to be on your watch list: Trained by uncle Marc van Dijck of Stal Nieuwenhof, Thomas was recognized as Belgium’s 2016 Talent of the Year, was the 2017 double Junior European Champion, and was first and second in his first five-star debut in Mechelen. All of the above precedes his first year as a young rider so it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing much more from this young man in the near future.

Buzz-Worthy News:

“Thank you thank you my Sydney for everything you’ve given. To me, to Claude who has always been there for you, to François Badeel who has allowed us to form this couple, to Philippe Guerdat who believed in you, in us to our beautiful Olympic Gold Medal with the French team. Today, a page turns and I wish you Sydney much success with your new rider.
You’ll have a special place among the most important horses in my life.
Thank you.”

This incredible 12-year-old Selle Francais chestnut mare has recorded some major five-star events such as the Longines World Cup Grand Prix at Madrid last November and the Longines World Cup Grand Prix of Mechelen in December 2016 just to name a few.

Results: CSI3* Sunshine Tour

Starting in mid-February, the new installations of the 24th annual Sunshine Tour at Dehesa Montenmedio (including additional 1.20-1.45m classes and Longines ranking opportunities) have yielded an impressive amount of horse and rider entries. Let’s just say the numbers are big.

  • It may have been during the CSI4* week, but a late nod is better than none! Young British show jumper Harry Charles and his mount Controe rode to Monday, March 12th’s 1.55m CSI4* Grand Prix victory – the first of his career. Charles was up against ten other horse-and-rider combinations in the jump-off including his father, Peter Charles. He later jumped to second place of Saturday’s CSI3* Big Tour D Grand Prix.
  • Thursday’s Big Grand Prix, a 1.50m speed which was also a qualifier for the Big Grand Prix later in the weekend, was captured by Brazil’s Pedro Veniss and Anaya STE Hermelle. Friday’s Big Tour D Grand Prix went to Germany’s Marcel Marschall on Fenia van Klapscheut.
  • Egypt’s Abdel Said improved on his second place finish in Friday’s Big Tour D Grand Prix with Siec Captain Future Z with the Longines Ranking Small Grand Prix victory, this time aboard Beauminka. Coming out on top of a 25-man jump-off takes some serious speed: 33.49 seconds kind of speed.
  • Sunshine Tour first-timer, Fredrik Jönsson of Sweden swept the Medium Tour Grand Prix aboard Cold Play, a horse he’s developed since he was a 3-year-old.

Results: Winter Equestrian Festival CSI3*-Week 10

Ten down, only two to go! The 12-week winter circuit in Wellington, Florida is nearing the end of its 2018 season and we’re prematurely missing the sun and warm weather already.

  •  St. Patrick’s Day week kicked off with an Irish win! Darragh Kenny claimed first and second in Wednesday’s CSI3* $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic with Chakito and Horst van de Mispeleare. You could say that both horses are relatively new rides for Kenny; Chakito is normally competed by owner Teddy Vlock, who will take over the reins at the end of circuit. Horst van de Mispeleare, a horse that Kenny has only been riding for one month, was ridden originally by Jessica Mendoza, Kenny’s girlfriend.
  • The crown for the WEF Challenge Cup keeps changing hands. So on who’s helmeted head does it rest now? None other than Canada’s Eric LamazeLamaze’s win of  the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 means he now matches McLain Ward for WEF Challenge Cup victories so far this year at WEF (3) and his 28th total career win of the class. 
  • Going first in a class of 70 entries isn’t an easy task but if you’re Mexico’s Santiago Lambre and D’Artagnan, it means you set the unbeatable pace of 58.79 seconds over the speed course of the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m for top honors.
  • Three words: One clear round. Twenty-one year old Spencer Smith and Theodore Manciais were the only faultless combination in the CSI3* $132,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix.  A regular student of Eric Lamaze, Spencer picked up his first international grand prix and his first ever FEI ranking class.
  • Laura Chapot is known for her speed and even with her new mount Chandon Blue – a horse she acquired from Cian O’Connor last December – she proved she’s still the queen of quickness with a win in Sunday’s $35,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Classic.

Results: CSI5* Saut Hermes au Grand Palais

This historical and prestigious French venue with its iconic and stunning green-domed glass roof once again impressed, this time in its ninth year.

  • The first French victor of the weekend was Philippe Rozier and his top horse Reveur de Kergane in the CSI5* Prix Hermès Sellier 1.50m against the clock. On winning at home, in front of his horse’s owners, in his mid-fifties, he said: “I really enjoyed it out there. And at my age, I need to!”
  • The 2015 winner of the Hermès Grand Prix, Romain Duget of Switzerland, took the opening CSI5* class with his 2017 World Cup Finals runner up partner, Twentytwo des Biches.
  • Germany’s Felix Hassman had a solid 2017 season and is currently earning consistent results at the international CSI5*s of 2018. Add the Prix GL Events and second in the Prix du 24 Faubourg to the list.
  • Just call them ‘The Dynamic Duo’. Bertram Allen riding Christy Jnr and Edwina Tops-Alexander with Lintea Tequilla  dominated the Le Saut Hermes Team competition. Out of 8 teams, the Allen/Tops-Alexander combo were the best of the day with 4 total faults.
  • Second to Felix Hassman earlier in the day, Frenchmen Patrice Delaveau changed the order in his favor to win the 2nd annual evening class, the Prix du 24 Faubourg.
  • Belgium marked its first win of #SautHermès2018 with Wilm Vermeir leading the victory gallop for the 1.50m Prix de la Ville de Paris. His horse, Gentiane de La Pomme was out of commission for a large part of 2017 so Sunday’s first place was a very happy and welcome result to see her back at the top.
  • It’s hard to believe that a French rider has never won the Hermès Grand Prix at the Grand Palais in the 9 years of its existence. Or, that was true, but on Sunday, March 18, Simon Delestre became the very first. Aboard Hermes Ryan, Delestre outrode a 14-rider jump-off to write his name down in the history books.  

Results: CSI3*-W Live Oak International

This Ocala venue is unique to any other horse show, with the towering oak trees that give it its name and #spanishmossfordays. It’s also the only U.S. Equestrian event to host both combined driving and show jumping classes. P.S. Happy 27 Years, Live Oak!

  • “Just keep rolling,” was young American Kady Abrahamson’s strategy when it came to her win in Friday’s $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth 1.40m Power and Speed. The fact that her chestnut mare Charline had never jumped on grass + had no back studs due to shivers, was more motivation to power through for the win.
  • You know what they say about ‘perfect practice’… Devin Ryan’s intentional approach to competition at Live Oak as if he were at the World Cup Finals payed off in spades!  A one-two take of the 1.50m World Cup Qualifier with Cooper and Eddie Blue on Friday and then his 11th place in Sunday’s World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix with Eddie again, effectively punched his ticket to Paris in April!
  • Sometimes a tack change makes all the difference. Lauren Tisbo’s choice to compete her developing 9-year-old Jeleena de Muze in a new snaffle-mouth elevator bit in Saturday’s 1.50m Longines World Ranking Class gave her the right ‘leverage’ (pun intended) up on the competition.
  • Pack your bags Vanderveen, you’re going to Paris! Kristen Vanderveen & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili scored big in Sunday’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix but even bigger, they’ve earned a spot at the 2018 World Cup Finals in France.
Kristen VanderVeen & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili Ph. ©Shannon Brinkman

Results: Toscana Tour 2018 CSI3*-Arezzo

The grass arena of the Arezzo Equestrian Centre, called “Boccaccio”, is on another level! Check it out here.

Results: Mediterranean Equestrian Tour CSI2*-Spring II

The third section of the Spring MET 2018 kicked off this week. Concluding its first six days of competition was a big win by a MET veteran.

  •  Sunday’s CSI2* Longines World Ranking Grand Prix went to Katharina Offel of Germany on Elien. MET is a favorite show for Offel who has been competing there for the past three seasons. The 9-year-old mare, who was also third in Friday’s ranking class, made her debut with Offel during the Autumn MET 2017.

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