Haras du Pin

21st & 22nd August

Emily BaldwinEmily Baldwin won her first ever FEI World Cup event last weekend. The inaugural Haras du Pin in France was the penultimate competition in the 2010 series and Emily got off to a good start, taking the lead on her 14-year-old Dutch Zuidhorn sired Drivetime by the end of the dressage phase.

Emily Baldwin & Drivetime

Time penalties across country dropped the pair down to fourth place in what was a hotly contested class, but a stylish clear show jumping round put the pressure on those above her and when they faulted, the spoils were hers. Emily finished just 2.2 penalties ahead of Karin Donckers on Lamicell Charizard who will be ruing her three show jumping time penalties, with the darling of the home crowds Nicolas Touzaint taking third on Tatchou and the on-form young rider Donatien Schauly in fourth on Seculaire.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Emily. “It’s my biggest win to date. I have won a CIC*** before, but not an HSBC FEI World Cup event. My horse is quite a character in the stable yard anyway, and now he will be very pleased with himself!” Emily and Drivetime will now head to Pau CCI**** in November, host to the last of the five 2010 HSBC Classics.

Nicolas Touzaint, never slow across the country, overtook long-time leader Fabrice Lucas riding Keep du Mesnil with a clear inside the optimum time, but he had two poles down in the final phase. Lucas, meanwhile, did not go forward to show jump. Out of 59 starters 55 completed the cross-country, with 48 jumping clear rounds and seven beating the clock home. Course-Designer Pierre le Goupil said of his track: “I designed the course to make riders concentrate. It’s nice to be back at Haras du Pin ? it’s been a long time coming and we’ve all worked hard to make it happen.”

The show jumping was influential. Paul Tapner and Kilfinnie slipped from sixth to 13th with three rails down, while Laurence Hunt and Phoebus plummeted from 12th to 25th with 17 penalties to add to his two phase score. Heading in the other direction, Ruth Edge and Carnaval Prince had a meteoric rise from 24th after dressage to finish sixth after jumping one of only eight clear rounds.

The top of the HSBC FEI World Cup rankings table remains the same with Michael Jung’s four points clear of Megan Jones. With just one more event to run, Schenefeld in Germany, it won?t be long until we know who finished in the top 15 to benefit from a share of the US$180,000 prize pot which will be presented during the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Photo: Agence Albran/Jehan de Monleon/FEI

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