Not being entered in Rotterdam, Kevin Staut has chosen to remain at home and compete locally in the national competition which took place at the Pole International du Cheval in Deauville.
Kevin Staut: "This weekend has been beneficial. This allowed me to start Ayade up again in conditions of competition. Following her fall in the Grand Prix of St. Gallen, I made jumped her at home and everything was fine. However I wanted to test her in real conditions of competition in order to be sure of myself before to enter her again in international classes.
She was entered in the 1,35 m class on saturday. She performed a very good clear round, being confident. She had also to take part in the Grand Prix at 1.35m on Sunday, but the first course went off very well so I did not want to sollicit her too much. She will resume international competitions in July, in intermediate classes in the first time, and when I will be really sure that Ayade will not have any apprehension, I will enter her on biggest classes. I prefer to take my time and no risk.
For Joy performed his second competition since his return. As the last time he signed two good courses, in 1.35m classes this time. This is very encouraging for his return on the international circuit in July, as Ayade.
My other horses have enjoyed a week of rest. Make small breaks occasionally is good for their moral. Even if they continue to go out several times a day, they don't have transport to do and are in a much quiet environment that allow them to recover a maximum. Morally, this is necessary for them.
Elky and Silvana will take the road for Monaco tomorrow to be there the day before the competitions which will start on thursday afternoon. So they will have time to fully recover after the transport and to get into conditions of competition gradually. I'll join them there on Thursday morning."