Danish rider Peter Flarup led from the outset to take victory at Le Grand Complet (Haras Du Pin) CCI***.
With his own nine-year-old gelding Frankie, they put in a strong performance in the dressage, scoring 44.9, a score which could not be beaten across the weekend.
The cross country course, designed by Pierre Le Goupil, caused few incidents but the optimum time of 10 minutes and nine seconds proved difficult to reach. Only 4 combinations completed the course without incurring time penalties including dressage leader Peter Flarup. France’s Sidney Dufresne moved up from fifth to third, coming home just one second over the time allowed. Australian Andrew Hoy bought both of his horses’ home under the time to finish the day in second (The Blue Frontier) and ninth (Alegbra).
Clear rounds were hard to come by the final day’s show jumping phase, with only two riders finishing fault free including winner Peter Flarup who finished on his dressage score. France’s Sidney Dufresne moved up to finish second with Reliquaire whilst 16 faults collected by Hoy and The Blue Frontier dropped them to third. Hoy also moved up with Algebra to finish in fourth.
A handful of British riders made the trip to France for the 20th running of Le Grand Complet, including Rose Carniege, Fiona Breach, Alice Dunsdon and Tim Cheffings. Carniege and Master Rory were the highest placed British combination finishing in sixth.
France’s Hélène Vattier won the CIC*** with Quito De Baliere in front of Maxime Debost (Qurt De Montplaisir) and Cedric Lyard (Qatar Du Puech Rouget). Britain’s Emily Baldwin finished sixth with Rinwood Cooley whilst Laurance Hunt finished 21st on Wie Donna’s Niieuwmoed.
The CCI2* Haras du Pin Trophy went to Sidney Dufresne and Tresor Mail, with Lara de liedekerke of Belgium in second (Averouge des Quatre Chenes) and France’s Maxime Livio (Tzar of Her Dreams) finishing third. Britain’s Niall Fergusson and MX Calamity finished in 34th with Abigail K Walters finished 35th with Agher Spot The Difference.