HOT NEWS 2011
Clayton Fredericks and Chris Burton offer a total victory to Australia in the last FEI Eventing World Cup leg
The current world number 6 at the FEI rankings, Clayton Fredericks, won the last FEI Eventing World Cup leg in Le Pin, Normandy, France, riding Dunges Laurent Rose. « It’s really good to win here » he said, « and I really want to congratulate all the organizing committee for all the work which have been done here, on the ground and the course. » In the lead after dressage and cross-country with his second mount Be My Guest, Clayton incurred 4 faults on the show jumping on which only one rider, Karim Laghouag (FRA), realized a clear round. Chris Burton (AUS) placed his two horses at 2nd and 3rd ranks but it was not enough to beat Clarke Johnstone (NZL) in the FEI Eventing World Cup general ranking. 7th yesterday after cross country, Cédric Lyard was no more the best French rider after show jumping. Alix de Hercé took advantage of the difficult course. Thanks to only one fault with her mare, Alix climbed up from 13th to 5th place.
CIC 2 stars Grand Prix Région Basse Normandie: Kenki Sato (JPN) without worry
The Japanese rider finally won the CIC 2 stars riding his small mount Toyboy III. Based in Germany by Michael Jung’s stable, Kenki took advantage of the withdrawal of Lara de Liedekerke (BEL), leader yesterday after the show jumping test. Arnaud Boiteau finishes at the second place riding Quoriano, with Jean-Lou Bigot (FRA) at the 3rd place just behind, with his good 3 stars horse, Lotus de Gobaude.
CIC* Grand Prix Conseil Général de l’Orne: Sophie Caron (FRA) from end to end
She was 1st at dressage test, got no penalty on the show jumping test, and finally ended the cross-country without any penalty…even if she started at 19th rank on 114 starters. « It’s my first international victory » she said, « I’ve finished 11th in Arville/BEL this year, and 8th here in Le Pin last year. » The French 27 year old rider, who is horse riding instructor, beat another French rider, Jean-Lou Bigot, the former European Champion (1993). Jodie McGregor (GBR) obtained the 3rd place riding Spot On XII. Full results attached.
266 horses, 14 countries, and some champions..!
The Haras du Pin national stud-farm, in Normandy, France, welcomes from 17 to 21 August the ultimate FEI Eventing World Cup leg. The show establishes a new record with 266 horses participating, and some of the best riders in the world. The two co-leaders of the provisional FEI Eventing World Cup rankings, Clarke Johnstone (NZL) and Chris Burton (AUS) will start with respectively 1 and 2 horses. The winner of the « Grand Complet » 2010, Emily Balwin (GBR), is back with her brave Drivetime, maybe for a second victory in a row. The living legend Mark Todd (NZL) comes back to Le Pin and will try to qualify another of his horses for the OG 2012, after an incredible victory at Badminton Horse Trials. The Australian duo Clayton and his wife Lucinda Fredericks stick to the « Grand Complet » for another year. They will cope with 16 French riders in the World Cup class.
- 3 international eventing classes: a CIC 1 star, a CIC 2 stars, and a CIC 3 stars, last leg of the 2011 FEI Eventing World Cup.
- 47 horses in the CIC3*-W, 98 in the CIC2*, and 121 in the CIC1*, for a total of 266 horses.
- 14 nations participating: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Great-Britain, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA.
Le Grand Complet~ Since 1995 ~
Le Grand Complet started in 1995 on the lands of the Le Goupil family farm in Martinvast (Manche, Normandy). Being the founders of the event, they gathered a massive group of volunteers from the riding centre settled on the farm and the adventure was on! Pierre Le Goupil, a former professionnal rider who competed Burghley and Badminton, managed to lead a strongly motivated and inspired team to turn a regional event into an international one up to 3 * level. In 2002, it became the 1st FEI World Cup qualifier to support the concept.
In 2010, due to the farm and riding centre developing policy, the event was relocated on the lands of the outstanding and impressive Haras du Pin (Orne, Normandy). The place once hosted the Eventing European Championship a few decades ago. The facilities offered on site were praised and the 1st edition considered as a success.
Le Grand Complet is renowned for its conviviality, with live bands music in the evenings and a warm atmosphere. It is the only event in France to welcome so many foreigners. Right from the beginning, nationalities such as Belgian and British, have largely contributed to the growing success and they quickly spread words on the quality of the event. They still match the high reputation of the competition, entering large squads every year.. Some faithful riders have never missed an edition.
Le Haras du Pin will host the 2014 WEG XCountry test and the organising team USTICA is ready this year to improve the access for crowds of visitors and welcome riders and horses at its best as it has always been its priority.