International Show Jumping of Saint-Lô: Albert Voorn Back On Top

Yesterday, this 3rd day of competition started at 8:00am with the two small classes for the CSI1* and CSI3*, and ended in the evening for the second part with the CSI3* big class (2nd qualifier for the Grand Prix) and the 6 bars class open to 1* and 3* riders. Albert Voorn (NED) won the big class riding Tobelio (picture), while 4 riders raised the bars till 2m in the high jump competition. Two French ones finished equal 1st.

CSI3* Small Class
Kristof Cleeren (BEL) added another victory to the Belgian team in the small CSI3* class this morning. In the lead after his first start with Didas de l'Espérance BWP, Kristof could have been beaten by two French riders renowned for their speed, Guillaume Batillat (FRA) and Michel Hécart (FRA). But Kristof succeeded in improving their clock by only 5 hundredth second with his second horse, Ami van't Geyzeven. 22 riders finished with a clear round.

CSI3* Big Class
After his incredible silver medal at the Olympics 2000 with Lando, Albert Voorn mostly disapeared from the international jumping scene, and had not competed since 2003. In fact, he was waiting for the right horse to come back. And this horse is Tobelio. "I found him at the Eurocommerce Stable, no one wanted him. So I decided to try to get him back in the right way and it worked. We won a Grand Prix some weeks ago and now I think Tobelio will be the one that could bring me back to the top," said Albert.

Starting in n°1 in this table A against the clock, Albert Voorn remained at the first place during all the class. The four first of the final ranking ended the course in the same second. Leon Thijssen (NED) finished 2nd riding Haertthago (61''70) just before Olivier Perreau (FRA) 3rd with another Dutch horse, Uata (61''81). The best 30 riders of this class are qualified for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

6 bars: Boulanger (FRA) and Vincent (FRA) co-winners

The high jump competition was open to 1* and 3* riders. No more than 20 ones started in this last class this evening. And even if some were only amateurs, they offered a real fantastic show to the public till noon...and more! 4 riders qualified for the last jump off at 2,05m. If none cleared the highest fence, Clément Boulanger (FRA) / Top Gun du Grand Moustier and Emmanuel Vincent (FRA) / Why Not Champsblanc were the only one to do one fault. They finished equal 1st. Jean-Marie Martin (FRA) and his high jump specialist Johnny Boy II were 3rd, and Geoff Billington (GBR) 4th riding Balloon JX.

Early this Saturday morning, the French rider Thomas Rousseau, riding Okay du Valy, had to go fast to beat the two Norman specialists of the clock, Emmanuel Vincent (FRA) / Infante des Chênes (2nd) and Sylvain Montigny (FRA) / Mondeenne du Lys (3rd, the ones who already won 2 classes this weekend). Jemma Kirk (GBR) continue her great show with a 4th place on Pieter and was finally the best foreign rider.

Schedule – Sunday 16 October
8:00am Carrefour Trophy CSI3* cl. n°6 (1,40m)
12:30am Department of Manche Grand Prix CSI1* cl. n°6 (1,40m)
3:00pm Grand Prix of City of Saint-Lô CSI3* cl. n°7

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