aen, France – 2014 September 3: 03_VARIOUS during Alltech World Equestrian Games at Stade Michel D’ Ornano.(photo: © Herve Bonnaud).
Absent from international competition since 2009, Eric Levallois was to make his return to competition this weekend at the CSI2* in St. Tropez taking place as part of the Athina Onassis International Horse Show. He finally decided to postpone the return but the exciting news means that the French star looks to return to international competition, making what would only be described, as one of the most impressive returns to the sport.
In late December 2009, the rider was involved in a serious car accident in Belgium, during the CSI5* competition in Mechelen, Belgium. A car accident in which Levallois was lucky to walk away from, resulted in a serious spinal cord injury. Levallois had to undergo several operations and a long convalescence to ensure the French rider would be able to walk again. This accident had put an end to a successful year of competition, mainly marked by the promising results with the young Nayana, now being ridden by France’s Penelope Leprevost.
In recent years, Eric Levallois has been seen coaching and training, notabl Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum of the UAE.
Crowned World Champion with Team France at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Eric Levallois was also silver medalist with Team France at the 2003 European Championships 2003.
We look forward to Levallois’ return to competition and wish him all the success for the future.
Source: Grand Prix Replay