This 55th edition of the CSIO5* of La Baule was successful for Kevin Staut. Entered with Ayade de Septon*HDC, Rêveur de Hurtebise*HDC and Quismy des Vaux*HDC, he does not get less than five rankings on six races run. Kevin loves the CSIO of La Baule and this latest well rewarded him this year …
Back on this intense weekend: "The CSIO of La Baule is one of the beautiful competition in which we have the chance to participate as top riders. Usually I'm not very lucky on this field, although I've got some good rankings in the Nations Cup in particular. This year, however, I'm come back really happy with my weekend in La Baule. My three horses have been very efficient, either in intermediate classes or in major classes.
Rêveur, who was already present last year and who had offered me a 6th place in the Grand Prix, was dedicated to the Nations Cup this year. We have not been performing during the first round and we are penalized with two fences down. I was really disappointed by leaving arena. This is a very heavy score for a team. The 2nd round was conducted in the best way it is, and Rêveur signs a great clear round. I wish to congratulate my teammates who have performed very good courses and especially Nicolas Delmotte who performs a double clear for his return in first Division. Thanks to this 2nd place, France is in the lead of the Nations Cup provisional ranking. Next qualifying leg: the CSIO of St Gallen, the first weekend of june.
Rêveur has also got a 9th place in the 1.40 m class on Thursday, which served him as preparation for the Nations Cup.
La Baule was the occasion for Quismy to compete in a Derby for the first time. I made her take part in a small class on Friday morning to make her discover the arena. My aim, by coming with her in La Baule, was really to take part in the Derby. Mission accomplished, because even if we make two faults, Quismy takes a beautiful 5th place. Note that no entered pair has managed to perform a faultless course. The winner wins with 4 points.
To close this weekend, I chose to enter Ayade in the Grand Prix. In great form from day one, during which she took the 2nd place in the big class, Ayade ended her first CSIO of La Baule in apotheosis, by ranking 8th in the Grand Prix. Clear in the first round, we qualify for the jump-off that I would have wished to see take place in a better way. I have perhaps asked much effort to Ayade and we make two fences down. I have nothing to reproach her. Ayade has perfectly performed her work. I'm very satisfied with her and with my three horses in general.
If all weekends could be like this one, that would be great. With a victory, it would be even better!
This weekend, my top horses will be at rest. I'm going to take the opportunity to take my less experienced horses, or those resuming the competition on national classes at the Pôle du Cheval in Deauville. I will be back on the international circuit the next week for the CSI5* of Aachen."