Equestre Internationale News
FEI World Cup Jumping News: Brilliant Baloubet Beats Them
All In Bordeaux........
World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa scooped the 25,000 Euro winners
prize and rocketed up the league leaderboard with a superb victory
in tonights FEI World Cup qualifying competition in Bordeaux
riding Baloubet du Rouet.
15 horses clear over Frank Rothenbergers first-round course
it was always going to be a tough jump-off and pathfinder, Swedens
Maria Gretzer, set the early target when clear in 41.29 seconds
was never going to be quick enough however and French hearts were
lifted when Patrice Deleveau and Envoye Special, fifth to go against
the clock, cranked up the tension as they shaved almost six seconds
winners Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum were just over one second slower
than the French partnership but when Rodrigo came into the ring,
with just five more horses to follow him, it was obvious he meant
inside an oxer to a vertical he was already well up on time and
as he galloped through the finish-line to take the lead, the clock
showing 33.26 seconds.
Jeroen Dubbeldam (De Sjiem), Frenchman Jean-Marc Nicolas (JPC
Modesto) and Italys Juan Carlos Garcia (Albin 111) all made
just a single error and when Germanys Toni Hassmann slotted
in behind Rodrigo, with Meurers Le Patron breaking the beam
in 35.33 seconds, only Hubert Bourdy was left to challenge the
home supporters rightly had high expectactions after a double
from Bourdy which included pole position in Friday nights
FEI World Cup Preliminary competition but there was a groan from
the crowd when the French rider tried the same tight turn as Rodrigo
but left two fences on the floor to finish well-down the line
in the final analysis.
Rodrigo this was a very satisfying result. "I really want
to go to the Final and I think I have almost enough points now"
said the man who held the FEI World Cup trophy aloft in both Gothenburg
in 1999 and Las Vegas in 2000 and he was particularly pleased
with Baloubet du Rouet.
feeling really fresh and hes in very good shape" he
said of the 15 year old French stallion.
asked about his plan when riding into the ring for the jump-off
he answered "you get some show jumping classes in which everything
comes together just right and this was one of those, but there
are plenty of times when it doesnt work out that way
you just have to be happy when it does" And when questioned
about whether Baloubet will be his first choice for the Olympic
Games this summer Rodrigo replied "Oh yes, hes
now however his sights are set on Milan and tonights win
saw him climb from 32nd position to joint-12th on the leaderboard
which has seen a bit of a shake-up. Toni Hassmann, runner-up tonight,
improves from 21st to equal-ninth place but while third-placed
Patrice Deleveau is well down the line in 36th spot, Meredith
Michaels-Beerbaum, fourth tonight, has added a further 13 points
to her tally and this leaves her sharing pole position with Belgiums
Jos Lansink going into next weekends leg of the series in
are only four more qualifiers to go at Vigo next Saturday,
in Paris on 6th March, at sHertogenbosch on 28th March and
in Gothenburg on 11th April - and for riders carrying 36 points
or less there is still much to play for in the coming few months
as one good result could secure that all-important place in the
line-up for the 26th FEI World Cup Final at the end of April.
1, Baloubet du Rouet (Rodrigo Pessoa) Bra 0/0 33.26; 2, Meurers
Le Patron (Toni Hassmann) Ger 0/0 35.33; 3, Envoye Special (Patrice
Deleveau) Fra 0/0 35.46; 4, Shutterfly (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum)
Ger 0/0 35.65; 5, MacKinley (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) Swe 0/0 36.20;
6, Tlaloc M (Reynald Angot) Fra 0/0 37.41; 7, Cigale du Tallis
(Eugenie Angot) Fra 0/0 37.41; 8, Cinderella (Maria Gretzer) Swe
0/0 41.29; 9, De Sjiem (Jeroen Dubbeldam) Ned 0/4 38.67; 10, Dobels
Cento (Otto Becker) Ger 0/4 39.38; 11, Meautrys Locarno
(Luciana Diniz-Knippling) Bra 0/4 39.94; 12, Albin 111 (Juan Carlos
Garcia (0/4 40.50; 13, JPC Modesto (Jean Marc Nicolas) Fra 0/4
41.25; 14, VDL Group Eve des Etisses (Hubert Bourdy) Fra 0/8 33.89;
15, Norman Wells (Tony Andre Hansen) Nor 0/8 47.23; equal 16,
Cyrenaika (Philippe Leoni) Fra, Espoir de la Haye (Jesus Garmendia)
Esp, VDL Groep Roofs (Jan Tops) Ned, Portofino (Michael Whitaker)
GB, Impact (Dermott Lennon) Irl, Dileme de Cephe (Brono Broucqsault)
Fra, Le Coup C (Maurice Van Roosbroeck) Bel, Chamal Corubert (Rob
Raskin) Aut, Querly Chin (Christope Barbeau) Sui 4 faults.
WORLD CUP LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 10 IN BORDEAUX:
Lansink and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum - 57.
3. Helena Weinberg - 53
4. Thomas Velin - 52
5. Eric Van der Vleuten - 51
6. Marco Kutscher - 50
7. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson - 46
8. Michael Whitaker - 45
9. Ludo Philippaerts and Toni Hassmann - 42
11. Hubert Bourdy - 39
12. Peter Wylde and Rodrigo Pessoa - 38
14. Jeroen Dubbeldam, Marcus Ehning and Otto Becker - 37
17. Bruno Broucqsault, Christophe Barbeau and
Malin Baryard - 36.
20. Lars Nieberg and Wim Schroder - 35.
For further details on the fixture at Bordeaux contact Press Officer
Marie-Sol Fournier at Tel: ++33 556 119943 or Email: email@example.com.
Show President is Francois de la Girauday, Show Director is Francois-Bernard
Martin and Show Secretary is Isabelle Cazaux Maleville who can
be contacted at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All results
are available on website www.jumping-bordeaux.com.
next leg of the FEI World Cup series takes place in Vigo, Spain
on Saturday 14th February. For full details contact Press Officer
Alejandra Mier Rodriguez at Tel: ++34 657 593093 or Email: email@example.com.
FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING SERIES CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Helsinki - 19 October; 2, Oslo - 26 October; 3, Verona - 9 November;
4, Berlin - 16 November; 5, Geneva - 7 December; 6, Olympia, London
- 21 December; 7, Mechelen - 30 December; 8, Leipzig - 25 January;
9, Amsterdam - 1 February; 10, Bordeaux - 7 February; 11, Vigo
- 14 February; 12, Paris - 6 March; 13, s'Hertogenbosch - 28 March;
14, Gothenburg - 11 April. Final in Milan - 21-25 April.
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