Paris Eiffel Jumping

 

Lauren Hough’s 4th of July

 

The American Lauren Hough celebrated the American national day by winning the Prix Renault Kadjar with her French mare Royalty Des Isles.

“She’s naturally fast.  She’s 10 and I bought her less than a year ago in Europe, at Henk Nooren’s. When I was in the States last year, she had a long period of rest, but since then, she has won a lot of courses like this, thanks to her speed.”

It was the first time the American rode in Paris, at least at the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping, and she found the place “amazing”.

 

“I would never have thought of practicing my sport under the Eiffel Tower.”

 

“I would never have thought of practicing my sport under the Eiffel Tower, even it’s pretty warm. But it doesn’t bother my mare that much; she has speed and handles the heat really well”.

 

Hot battle

 

The first day at the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping saw a French victory. And what a victory ! The one of the world vice-champion couple, Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express*HDC. Of course, Patrice Delaveau is known for not giving any chances to his competitors in a jump-off.

But that evening, they were 19 riders to claim the win over 48 at the beginning of the first round, a tough competition : The more the riders you have in a jump-off, the harder it is to to win. But the Normand perfectly handled the subject with his top-horse despite of the sweltering heat.

“Yes it was warm, but once you are in the arena, there is a little bit of air and we feel better!” said Delaveau who had also brought his French warmblood, Lacrimoso to the City of lights.

“To win in Paris is always nice because we become really aware of the pleasure we give to the spectators, whom I greet for staying to see the show in this heat.”

 

New heights

 

To establish the first high-jump record in Paris, riders had to jump exactly two meters. Only the Australian Jamie Kermond and Yandoo Oaks Constellation, his 9 years-old gelding, succeeded despite of the heat and in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

At two meters, we are of course far from the world record established by the Chilean Aleberto Arraguibel and his thoroughbred Huaso, who jumped 2,47 m in 1949 – because today the sport has become a matter of strength, agility, and dressage, but the idea to rehabilitate this event of high jump is a great idea if ones believes in the enthusiasm of the crowd. Spectators that would have preferred to see the actor Guillaume Canet win, but who defeated at 1,90 m ended up fourth.

Throughout the three days of show jumping the public was abundant and enthusiastic. Everyone was not able to find seats within the jumping walls and many spectators followed the Grand Prix on the giant screen of the Champ-de-Mars installed by Equidia Life, nearby. It’s probably time to think about making the event bigger !

 

Two to tango

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