The 32nd International Cannes Jumping, which took place at the Hesperides stadium from June 13 to 16, 2013, brought together an elite of world-class show jumpers. The fifth stage of the Global Champions Tour Longines saw the 30 best riders of the circuit (between London and Monaco) compete over three days. On the first day, two divine dancers from the Paris Crazy Horse presented the winners with their prizes.
One could watch a delegation of eight German riders, led by world champion Christian Alhmann, current world number 1. Some fierce competitors at the highest level were present: three formidable British riders, world champions in team. Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, holder of the last Olympic title; the U.S. delegation led by rider Laura Kraut, currently occupying the top spot of Longines Global Champions Tour, or the famous Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander, winner of the 2011 and 2012 editions, installed in the top 10 since 4 years, currently the second best rider in the world: they all tried to dethrone the winner of the Grand Prix de Cannes in 2012, and Dutch Olympic medalist in London a few weeks later, Gerco Schröder. This high level of intense equestrian competition, coupled with prestigious headliners, offered an audience of connoisseurs who came to support their favorite, a splendid show, bursting with emotion and elegance.
The French delegation was represented first by four lady riders, including Norman Penelope Leprévost who achieved zero faults and the best time during her first pass at the Grand Prix de Cannes, which allowed her to start in the last place in the second round.
As for the French riders, their leader, Kevin Staut Norman, aged 32, completed a faultless race and struggled to succeed Roger-Yves Bost, winner in 2009 and this year’s winner of the E. Leclerc grand prize with his mare Myrtille Paulois, but he decided at the last minute to forfeit the Grand Prix de Cannes, preferring to keep his mare for the next Grand Prix des Nations.
In the second round, 18 riders were still in contention, including the famous Greek rider Athina Onassis Mirando, who also presented herself as favorite with her faultless race in the second round. Yet in this ultimate competition, the strongest would remain the German Ehning with Plot Blue who achieved his third pass in 36.22, before the English Funnel (37.33) and the Dutch Vleuten.
Among the surprising eliminations: German Ludger Beerbaum and his compatriot Daniel Deusserhaus, who finished second in Hamburg or the Australian Edwina Tops Alexander, who finished third in the 2012 edition.
One could notice actor and director Guillaume Cannet’s good performance as a rider, who, engaged in international jumping competition with Jumping Star Callius, won at the opening on Thursday 11, the first round of Licarzo Prize, reserved for 1 star riders (least important level of difficulty). After his third round, he picked with the chestnut Padisha de Mars, a second place and the elegance trophy presented by Claude Bonucci, trader in Cannes. A good performance for this star in the City of Cinema, heroes of the wonderful film “Jappeloup” (two million entries), who is currently shooting on the coast The Too Much Loved Man by André Téchiné. The President of the Jumping International de Cannes thanked Guillaume for having introduced a wide audience to this sport and to inspire many young people to access the highest level of competition.
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