Hecart Surpasses Navet in the Telefonica Grand Prix

Hecart Surpasses Navet in the Telefonica Grand Prix

French riders took the two top places of the most important event of the International Show-Jumping Competition of La Coruna. Susana Garcia-Cereceda of Madrid, bronze medallist at the last Spanish Championships, took fifth place and received the ADT Trophy for the best national rider.

The Telefonica Grand Prix had a distinct French accent. Riding last among the 13 riders who continued to the second round was Michel Hecart of France. He had to beat the time of the preceding horse and rider team of Eric Navet, also of France, mounted on Hym D´Isigny Lassergut. Right up to the last moment the outcome of the Telefonica Grand Prix was in doubt, but Hecart, member of the team that will represent France in the next European Championships, prevailed with a time of 51.75 seconds. Itot du Chateau did not fail to meet the expectations put in him. The horse and rider team had placed among the top three finalists of the Azkar Trophy (third event on Friday) and Hecart also enjoyed two podiums with That’s Life in the Eroski Centre Trophy and the Lexus Trophy. Navet, with his 52.37 seconds, finished just at the edge of victory after passing Jean Claude Van Geenberghe, the Ukrainian rider now a Belgian national, who, mounted on Osta Rugs Quintus, marked a time of 56.95 seconds. These two riders and Hecart were the only riders able to complete the event with a double zero. The fourth and fifth position went to Olivier Guillon, also of France and Susana Garcia-Cereceda of Madrid, who was the Spaniard with the best result, which made her the winner of the ADT Trophy.

Both riders were penalized one point for exceeding the time limit in the first round and, at the decisive juncture, Guillon, riding Ionesco de Brekka, completed his round in 54.40 seconds, 54 hundredths of a second less than Garcia-Cereceda, who rode the splendid Hello Pieirville.

After the Madrilenian rider, the young Catalan rider Paola Amilibia and Luis Astolfi of Seville, who also picked up a point in the first round, made it a good afternoon for the Spaniards, taking sixth and seventh places, respectively. The last day of the International Show-Jumping Competition of La Coruna also saw two other events which had a more Spanish flavour. Ricardo Jurado and Rutherford Latham won the Eroski Centre Trophy and the Banco Pastor Trophy, respectively.

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