Roger Yves Bost–the Fast Frenchman “Sprinted” to Victory in the NetAachen Prize

Christian Ahlmann, who finished second, was the best German rider in the opening jumping competition

The sounds of the French national anthem rung out after the opening jumping competition: Roger Yves Bost was as so often before in Aachen the fasted in the NetAachen Prize, a penalties/time jumping competition with 85 participants. The 45-year-old Frenchman from Barbizon took only 61.17 seconds to finish the course with the 13-year-old Selle francais horse, Jovis de Ravel.

Only Christian Ahlmann (Marl/61.90 seconds) with Perry Lee was almost able to keep up with the speedy French rider. Bost’s fellow countryman, Olivier Guillon, finished third with Luigi D’Amaury in a time of 62.84 seconds.

Bost has been riding Jovis de Ravel since he was a four-year-old. The gelding who has competed at shows all over the world has only ever been jumped by the fast Frenchman. A few weeks ago Bost took part in two competitions with Jovis de Ravel at a show in Estoril and won both competitions over 1.50 metres. “I have also tried riding Jovis in the highest level jumping competitions and in Grand Prix, but because he is extremely fast he is more suitable for the speed jumping competitions over 1.50 metres,” Bost reported after his opening victory. Their list of victories confirms this statement: Jovis de Ravel won his 56th international jumping competition today! Bost competed for the first time at the “World Equestrian Festival“ 20 years ago: “We won the Nations Cup that year and I came second in the Grand Prix of Aachen.  However, personally 2008 was my most successful year, when I won two jumping competitions and came second twice,“ added Bost.

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