The last test of this HSBC FEI Eventing Worldcup of Le Pin (FRA) was, as usual, the show jumping. Only 8 riders did a clear round on a course designed by Francis Mas (FRA). A course that Karin Donckers (BEL), finally 2nd, described as "quite big and turning course, almost the same height than in Badminton" she said.
After Fabrice Lucas's withdrawal, Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) was in the lead after dressage and cross country. But he could make only one fault on the show jumping if he wanted to win. Emily Baldwin (GBR) realized the perfect clear round with Drivetime, letting pressure on Karin and Nicolas's shoulders. Karin Donckers (BEL) did her best to did the same...and she did it! But sadly with 3 points for time delay. Emily was still in the lead. Nicolas had to put one fence down, but only one. Tatchou seemed to be a bit tired or nervous.
And so the former European and Olympic Champion did not succeeded in his mission. Two faults and the victory went to Emily Baldwin for her first important success on the international scene. All the riders underlined the important and very good work done by the organizing team, led by Pierre Le Goupil, to make this show one of the best in Europe.
CIC2* Grand Prix Region of Basse Normandie: Fabrice Lucas in his Garden
3rd after the dressage test, clear on the show jumping test, the Republican Guard Fabrice Lucas did another clear round on the cross country course on Sunday morning. He added just 1.6 point due to few seconds late, but this did not warn him to win this class. Awarded by Philippe Bonnot, Vice President of the Region of Basse Normandie, and André Le Goupil, President of the show, Fabrice Lucas balanced his disappointment of having to withdraw with his top horse, Keep du Mesnil, from the CIC3*-W.
Fabrice realized a real strong performance by withstanding to the pressure put by Nicolas Touzaint, who ended the cross country 3 seconds faster than him riding Galan de Sauvagère. "Galan and Hildago (his second horse which ranks 6th) did not compete since 3 months. So it was a way to put them down to work. If everything is ok in the next days, I will participate to the Grand National in Jardy" said Nicolas. As many other riders, Nicolas expressed all his thanks to the organizing committee and Pierre Le Goupil's team who "did an impressive work on the ground to make it perfect for this event".
8th after the dressage test, the British top rider Ruth Edge perfectly negotiated the show jumping test and the cross country, that she finished clear in the time allowed. "Rogersdale, my horse, was competing in its first CIC 2 stars. At the beginning of 2009, he did not jump one meter! Rogersdale really progressed a lot and I hope I will participate to a CCI 2 stars before the end of the year." Among the main disappointments in this CIC2*, we noticed the refusal of Otis Barbotière ridden by Aurélien Kahn (FRA) which deprived him from another podium this weekend.
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Photo: Emily Baldwin (GBR) realized the perfect clear round with Drivetime