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Le Printemps de Fontainebleau – 31 March & 1 April 2017

A very exciting weekend of racing

Le Printemps de Fontainebleau, Le Gran Parquet, Fontainebleau, France. 31 March and 1 April 2017.

This equestrian site, 60 km south of Paris was host of two CEI1* 80km, CEI2* 120 for both junior and senior and a CEI3* 160km plus some national races.

The organisers had chosen to make some modifications to the layout and regulations of this race. A new loop, required competitors to be more vigilant because of differences in height and paths between the rocks. Furthermore, the recovery time was reduced from twenty to ten minutes an initiative we saw before in Boudheib (UAE).

Gilles Cabardos, President of the Grand Parquet Endurance: “Within the FEI rules we, as an organiser, have this freedom and it wouldn’t surprise me if we see this more in the future.
Why did we move the finish line? Because of the incidents occurred last year when the riders arrived on the Petit Parquet and horses were slipping and unintentionally crossed the surroundings of the field.”

A total of 68 combinations took part in the CEI1* 80km on Friday where we saw Brunehilde Parent (Elisou D’Anthaeus) fighting out a battle that went down to the wire.
She was throughout the race swapping podium places with Nicolas Oreste (Salomei) and Spanish rider Javier Sanchez-Arnedo (Strawblade).
These three contenders for victory were always keeping a close eye on each other although at the start of the final loop Brunehilde had a deficit of more than five minutes on leader Javier with Nicolas in between them.

But Javier couldn’t hold the first position and would cross the line in third place, Nicolas kept second position after a neck to neck sprint to the finish that turned out in favour of Brunehilde with a minimal margin.

The biggest interest for this weekend was obviously on the CEI3* 160km which saw 39 riders.

Leader after the first loop was Bahraini rider Raed Mahmood (Pink Moon Lucus) but his feast would stop there. Three seconds behind him was stable colleague Mohammed Abdulsamad (Tsika La Majorie) who became the new leader after the second loop with a minute lead on Sheikh Mohammad Al Khalifa (Stenco Zak Za), these two riders also from Bahrain.
Sheikh Mohammed would disappear out of the race after the third loop with irregular gait.
That third loop would give the temporary lead to Lisa Riou (Orion) but the duo retired after the fourth loop.
For early leader Mohammed Abdulsamad it was game over as the horse was vetted out (metabolic).

After the fourth loop, it became clear who the potantional podium winners would be with Jean Philippe Frances (Secret de Mon Coeur) riding a consistent race that always kept him in the top five and claiming first at the start of the final loop with a lead of almost seven minutes.

At that stage, Sandra Dahl (Quetsch des Acacias) was second and she had a minute advance on Roman Lafaure (Rhal Cabirat).

Jean Phillippe didn’t hold back and recorded the second fastest time of the final loop to claim a well-deserved victory.
Quickest over the final kilometres was Virginie Atger (Come’t d’Ardene) who worked her way through the classification from ninth. She started the final loop in fourth position and came into reach of Sandra Dahl and claimed second after a very close sprint.
Third place went to Sandra Dahl.

On Saturday was the second CEI1* 80km, with 63 entrants. We saw clear dominance of Ali Busafar (Henham Romeo) from Bahrain who had a minor lead coming in after the first loop but thanks to a perfect recovery extended it to five minutes and after the second loop to ten minutes and finally claimed victory without pressure.
Second position throughout the race was for Nicolas Oreste (Oreste Abisha de Sommant) for who the leader was out of reach but he himself was building up a safety margin on Slovakian rider Michaela Supekova (Miz Ella) who claimed silver at the end.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km (40 riders) ended with a sprint between Margot Thomas (Rsik Armor) and Camille Coulomb (Tentation des Du) which turned out if favour of Margot.
But a few things happened before we were at that final sprint. Margot was always occupying first or second and action was more around her.

Leader after the first loop was Josephine Thomas (Victoire de Gwaremi) but got vetted out after the second loop because of irregular gait.

The top was close together and leader after the third loop was Emma Frances (Quokin de Psa).

At the start of the final loop, third place was occupied by Manon Valerio (Gindastik).

This final loop was in for some shake ups with the top five finishing within 39 seconds.

Emma couldn’t hold her position and would finally cross the line fifth.

Third was for Alexis Lagarde (Tara de Messey) who left in seventh position and came into five seconds of the highest podium to be content with the third place.

Camille Coulomb narrowly lost out in the sprint and finished second coming from sixth.

Winner was Margot who was always on a podium course and ultimately got the top spot.

The most attention on Saturday was for the CEI2* 130km with 77 riders which turned out a success for Bahraini rider Mohammed Abdulsamad (Henham Woodwind), he was always at the front of the race and only let go off first place after the second and third loop.

The rider he was swapping places with was Sabrina Arnold (Volkova de Majorie) from Germany who held top spot after the second and third loop. And it did look good for her since she started the last loop with an advantage of over three minutes.
This looked like a battle of the giants as third placed Marion Wasilewski (Pisside Hipolyte) was doing a perfect race but was already 10 minutes behind the leaders.

In the end, Marion would drop two more positions to finish a well-deserved fifth place.

As the battle for gold was wide open so was it for third bronze. The fight for the final podium spot was won by Achille Donnais (Perzan) who came from fifth and crossed the line one second ahead of Virginie Atger (Doud’s) who managed to keep fourth place, a position she held for most of the race.

At the front, it was Mohammed Abdulsamad who turned his deficit around in an advantage and succeeded to keep Sabrina Arnold at bay by crossing the line seven seconds in front of her.

Image credit: François Blurck


Le Printemps de Fontainebleau Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Fontainebleau 2017-03-31, CEI1* 80km
1stBrunehilde ParentFRAElisou D'anthaeus
2ndNicolas OresteFRASalomei
3rdJavier Sanchez-ArnedoESPStrawblade
Fontainebleau 2017-03-31, CEI3* 160km
1stJean Philippe FrancesFRASecret de Mon Coeur
2ndVirginie AtgerFRACome't D'ardene
3rdSandra DahlFRAQuetsch Des Acacias
Fontainebleau 2017-04-01, CEI1* 80km
1stAli BusafarBRNHenham Romeo
2ndNicolas OresteFRAAbisha De Sommant
3rdMichaela SupekovaSVKMiz Ella
Fontainebleau 2017-04-01, CEIYJ2* 120km
1stMargot ThomasFRARsik Armor
2ndCamille CoulombFRATentation Des Du
3rdAlexis LagardeFRATara De Messey
Fontainebleau 2017-04-01, CEIY* 120km
1stMohammed AbdulsamadBRNHenham Woodwind
2ndSabrina ArnoldGERVolkova De Majorie
3rdAchille DonnaisFRAPerzan
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Le Printemps de Fontainebleau – 31 March & 1 April 2017

A very exciting weekend of racing

Le Printemps de Fontainebleau, Le Gran Parquet, Fontainebleau, France. 31 March and 1 April 2017.

This equestrian site, 60 km south of Paris was host of two CEI1* 80km, CEI2* 120 for both junior and senior and a CEI3* 160km plus some national races.

The organisers had chosen to make some modifications to the layout and regulations of this race. A new loop, required competitors to be more vigilant because of differences in height and paths between the rocks. Furthermore, the recovery time was reduced from twenty to ten minutes an initiative we saw before in Boudheib (UAE).

Gilles Cabardos, President of the Grand Parquet Endurance: “Within the FEI rules we, as an organiser, have this freedom and it wouldn’t surprise me if we see this more in the future.
Why did we move the finish line? Because of the incidents occurred last year when the riders arrived on the Petit Parquet and horses were slipping and unintentionally crossed the surroundings of the field.”

A total of 68 combinations took part in the CEI1* 80km on Friday where we saw Brunehilde Parent (Elisou D’Anthaeus) fighting out a battle that went down to the wire.
She was throughout the race swapping podium places with Nicolas Oreste (Salomei) and Spanish rider Javier Sanchez-Arnedo (Strawblade).
These three contenders for victory were always keeping a close eye on each other although at the start of the final loop Brunehilde had a deficit of more than five minutes on leader Javier with Nicolas in between them.

But Javier couldn’t hold the first position and would cross the line in third place, Nicolas kept second position after a neck to neck sprint to the finish that turned out in favour of Brunehilde with a minimal margin.

The biggest interest for this weekend was obviously on the CEI3* 160km which saw 39 riders.

Leader after the first loop was Bahraini rider Raed Mahmood (Pink Moon Lucus) but his feast would stop there. Three seconds behind him was stable colleague Mohammed Abdulsamad (Tsika La Majorie) who became the new leader after the second loop with a minute lead on Sheikh Mohammad Al Khalifa (Stenco Zak Za), these two riders also from Bahrain.
Sheikh Mohammed would disappear out of the race after the third loop with irregular gait.
That third loop would give the temporary lead to Lisa Riou (Orion) but the duo retired after the fourth loop.
For early leader Mohammed Abdulsamad it was game over as the horse was vetted out (metabolic).

After the fourth loop, it became clear who the potantional podium winners would be with Jean Philippe Frances (Secret de Mon Coeur) riding a consistent race that always kept him in the top five and claiming first at the start of the final loop with a lead of almost seven minutes.

At that stage, Sandra Dahl (Quetsch des Acacias) was second and she had a minute advance on Roman Lafaure (Rhal Cabirat).

Jean Phillippe didn’t hold back and recorded the second fastest time of the final loop to claim a well-deserved victory.
Quickest over the final kilometres was Virginie Atger (Come’t d’Ardene) who worked her way through the classification from ninth. She started the final loop in fourth position and came into reach of Sandra Dahl and claimed second after a very close sprint.
Third place went to Sandra Dahl.

On Saturday was the second CEI1* 80km, with 63 entrants. We saw clear dominance of Ali Busafar (Henham Romeo) from Bahrain who had a minor lead coming in after the first loop but thanks to a perfect recovery extended it to five minutes and after the second loop to ten minutes and finally claimed victory without pressure.
Second position throughout the race was for Nicolas Oreste (Oreste Abisha de Sommant) for who the leader was out of reach but he himself was building up a safety margin on Slovakian rider Michaela Supekova (Miz Ella) who claimed silver at the end.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km (40 riders) ended with a sprint between Margot Thomas (Rsik Armor) and Camille Coulomb (Tentation des Du) which turned out if favour of Margot.
But a few things happened before we were at that final sprint. Margot was always occupying first or second and action was more around her.

Leader after the first loop was Josephine Thomas (Victoire de Gwaremi) but got vetted out after the second loop because of irregular gait.

The top was close together and leader after the third loop was Emma Frances (Quokin de Psa).

At the start of the final loop, third place was occupied by Manon Valerio (Gindastik).

This final loop was in for some shake ups with the top five finishing within 39 seconds.

Emma couldn’t hold her position and would finally cross the line fifth.

Third was for Alexis Lagarde (Tara de Messey) who left in seventh position and came into five seconds of the highest podium to be content with the third place.

Camille Coulomb narrowly lost out in the sprint and finished second coming from sixth.

Winner was Margot who was always on a podium course and ultimately got the top spot.

The most attention on Saturday was for the CEI2* 130km with 77 riders which turned out a success for Bahraini rider Mohammed Abdulsamad (Henham Woodwind), he was always at the front of the race and only let go off first place after the second and third loop.

The rider he was swapping places with was Sabrina Arnold (Volkova de Majorie) from Germany who held top spot after the second and third loop. And it did look good for her since she started the last loop with an advantage of over three minutes.
This looked like a battle of the giants as third placed Marion Wasilewski (Pisside Hipolyte) was doing a perfect race but was already 10 minutes behind the leaders.

In the end, Marion would drop two more positions to finish a well-deserved fifth place.

As the battle for gold was wide open so was it for third bronze. The fight for the final podium spot was won by Achille Donnais (Perzan) who came from fifth and crossed the line one second ahead of Virginie Atger (Doud’s) who managed to keep fourth place, a position she held for most of the race.

At the front, it was Mohammed Abdulsamad who turned his deficit around in an advantage and succeeded to keep Sabrina Arnold at bay by crossing the line seven seconds in front of her.

Image credit: François Blurck


Le Printemps de Fontainebleau Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Fontainebleau 2017-03-31, CEI1* 80km
1stBrunehilde ParentFRAElisou D'anthaeus
2ndNicolas OresteFRASalomei
3rdJavier Sanchez-ArnedoESPStrawblade
Fontainebleau 2017-03-31, CEI3* 160km
1stJean Philippe FrancesFRASecret de Mon Coeur
2ndVirginie AtgerFRACome't D'ardene
3rdSandra DahlFRAQuetsch Des Acacias
Fontainebleau 2017-04-01, CEI1* 80km
1stAli BusafarBRNHenham Romeo
2ndNicolas OresteFRAAbisha De Sommant
3rdMichaela SupekovaSVKMiz Ella
Fontainebleau 2017-04-01, CEIYJ2* 120km
1stMargot ThomasFRARsik Armor
2ndCamille CoulombFRATentation Des Du
3rdAlexis LagardeFRATara De Messey
Fontainebleau 2017-04-01, CEIY* 120km
1stMohammed AbdulsamadBRNHenham Woodwind
2ndSabrina ArnoldGERVolkova De Majorie
3rdAchille DonnaisFRAPerzan
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