Overwhelming superiority of the French at home!

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Tuesday 13 August - 17h16 | Press release

Overwhelming superiority of the French at home!

It did not take much more to delight the many people who came to attend the successive successes of the French in the three classes held this Sunday at Le Grand Complet. Three times, the Marseillaise has resounded in the magnificent park of the Haras du Pin. First thanks to Gwendolen Fer and Traumprinz in the CCI3*-S presented by Devoucoux, then thanks to Thomas Carlile in the CCI3*-L presented by Ustica, and finally in the major class of the weekend, the FEI Nations Cup. If there was only one name to remember at the end of that day, it would be Thomas Carlile. 2nd of the CCI3*-S, 4th of the FEI Nations Cup, he did a hat trick in the CCI3*-L!

CCIO4*-S: close finish between Italy and France... but France won at the end!

Since the first edition of the FEI Nations Cup at Le Grand Complet in 2017, the French squad has won...3 times. At the end of the suspense, the French, deprived of one of their best pairs (Qamilha, the mare of ThaÔs Meheust, having been refused at the inspection on Sunday morning), had to stick together to succeed in winning against a highly motivated Italian team. At the top of the ooverall ranking of the circuit, Italy was keen to strengthen their leadership by winning in the Norman fields.

They met a strong and particularly united French team. Because when Jean TeulËre, the first member of the team to start in this last test, went off the course with three poles on the ground, they were really down...and feeling the pressure growing! Because the Italians lined up the good performances, especially Ariana Schivo. "We first wanted to keep our second place and we hoped to go back to the first. It was doable, but very tight. Out team worked quite well, even if some of my team mates had some penalties, it was good" Ariana explained. She finished on a clear round and a 5th place.

When Clara Loiseau, as the second member of the French team to tackle the SJ course, had a pole down, things tightened. There was no other option than a clear round for the  last rider to go for the French squad. Being in the lead so far added to suspens. 
"When I compete with Punch, I obviously dream of winning but I know that my place is rather 3rd or 3rd. His record speaks for it" Karim says. "This is a great surprise, especially as the team relies on me for the victory. A team medal is really something special to me. To feel that extra pressure helped me. I ëve had a few 4 point show jumping results this year with him which is really rare. 
Iíve been riding him since heís 4yo, heís 16 now. I probably needed a bit of pressure to believe in it and do all I could to get that clear round. My wife would say: "You should ride more the Laghouag way and less as an American. (laughters). Iíve realised that I could ride him with more pressure and get a better result."

On top of pocketing the team prize ñ the third in a row for France in the FEI Nations Cup , Karim Laghouag also won the serie in front of two Brits David Doel and Kirsty Johnson, as Thomas Carlile (again!!) finished 4th. He could have won if Atos hadnít added  disappointing 4 penalty points to his score on the first fence of the course. 

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CCI3*-S: Gwendolen really believed in it!

She strongly wanted to finish on a positive note after an unexpected fall with her other horse Romantic Love, earlier on. Gwendolen Fer, From Toulouse, manage to overcome pressure from her leading position by  foot pefectly clearing the course with Traumprinz. The beautiful trakehner gelding touches  the one before the last but it didnít fall and they reached the line clear.

"Traumprinz got hurt at Bramham (GBR) last year, so it was his come back here.", the rider explains. Starting with a victory is always morally good. He performs with regularity. He ës overqualified for the serie but we know that we can trust him on all 3 tests. Weíll see if we ëre coming back in September for the Grand National class or if weíre choosing to compete at Lignieres."
Following her, were Thomas Carlile with Cestuy la de líEsques and Karim Laghouag (on Triton Fontaine).

"I was actually beaten right from the dressage. I missed my test, but his performance yesterday pushed us up in the leaderboard. I did my best to win the class but Gwendolen has been faultless. Iím really satisfied with Cestuy Laís performance, he managed to erase our dressage mistakes and lies at the 2nd place. This is the occasion forme to thank his Norman breeder Lauret Jamot."

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CCI3*-L: Fantastic rides for Thomas Carlile

One, two and tree horses on the podium! Not many riders have ever done such a tremendous performance. On top of riding a large number of horses , 9 in the day yesterday competing in different classes, Thomas Carlile totally mastered this long format serie. Heís used to international posiums, but even though wouldnít have bet on it before the competition. "I didnít have it on mind when I arrived. I knew Birmane and Bary Louvo were to fight side to side for the lead as they have already competed at this level. Iím particularly satisfied with Zanzibar Villa Rose Z who is only 7. He started eventing last year. He qualified this year for the Mondial du Lion and I wanted to see him on a long format here. Heís the conformation of a 5 star horse and has a great action. I thought the long format would better suit his galop. And I was right. The show jumping test is his weakest point, he needsto be collected after the cross country. He has perfectly recovered after the cross country and avoided the difficulties today. He totally deserves his 2nd place."

On the lead before the SJ phase with Birmane, Thomas couldnít avoid the 4 penalty points. ´ I think that Birmaneís rider has been less efficient today than Baryís one Thomas adds laughing. ´She's slightly better than the other two but I cut the curve to number 8. I paid it full. Sheís had a few slight muscles problems in spring and itís her 2nd competition since. She has to find her reflex back. Even if sheís a great show mare, she ës sometimes overconfident. I wanted to give her an easy course to run for her confidence and strengthen her with the distance."

It was thus all the podium places for Thomas with in order Bary louvo, Zanzibar Villa Rose Z and Birmane, leaving at the bottom of it Kiwi Andrew Nicholson with Spanish horse Argentino BK whereas Senne Vervaecke finishes 5 th with Jeno.

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