This 2nd edition of the Paris Eiffel Jumping has proved difficult, of one meteo point of view, firstly, but also sportily. The bad series that Kevin Staut knows at present continues while the objective of this weekend was to repeat the performance of the last year in front of the Parisian public.
Kevin Staut: "This bad luck pursues me. The competition had rather begun well, with a clear round of Rêveur in the 1,45 m class of Friday. However, on the evening, with Silvana, it was the disappointment. We manage to qualify ourselves for the jump-off. Silvana was very well, in spite of a little rough weather conditions. Then, I do not know what's happened during the jump-off. Without visible reason, Silvana stopped on the number 2. The stride was good and she had made a normal jump on the fence n°1. I have no explanation. Then we finish our jump-off as a working course, to end our class correctly.
In the Grand Prix, Rêveur and I commit a stupid fault on the first fence of the triple combination and, seen the significant number of clear rounds in the first round (17), it was impossible for us to reach the second part of the competition. Even if I am very disappointed not to have been able to go to farther in the Grand Prix, I am still rather satisfied with Rêveur's course, who had not jumped a Grand Prix since the end of May, in Aachen.
To conclude this weekend, Silvana was entered in the Prize of the City of Paris. This course was contrary to that proposed in the Grand Prix and it was difficult for a number of pairs. Only 3 clear rounds has been performed. With two faults, Silvana takes all the same a 9th place. This is a little bit incomprehensible. I think that there have been an error of judgment in the course design. The horses have already had to bear the sweltering heat, even if the organizers did their best for their comfort by installing atomisers, inter alia, and that our grooms have ensured them the necessary care. The last course should have been more fluid and we would not have to count 13 withdrawals at the end of the class.
I did not reach the goal that I had planned for this weekend.
This week, we shall pursue on the Gobal Champions Tour circuit, with the step of Estoril. Elky van het Indihof*HDC and Sunday Top*HDC will be my horses for this weekend."