The European eventing season may be coming to a close but the top eventer riders are now turning their attention to the indoor derbys.
Les Journées du Complet 2017 at Saumur was won by Rodolphe Scherer and Coeur de Crack. However, his margin of victory was very small as Maxine Livio was just 0.31 seconds behind in second with Boleybawn Prince, Laurene Blin Delamare was third with Ecuries Du Bessin. Only these three riders completed the course without jumping penalties.
Scherer has previously won the event with Todd de Suzan and had the advantage of being the last rider and pipped just ahead of his compatriot to once again take victory.
Meanwhile, German Olympic champion Michael Jung reigned supreme during the indoor derby at the Stuttgart German Masters, winning the competition for the eighth time.
Riding the seven-year old Hanoverian mare Corazon in front of an excited sell-out 8,000 crowd, the three-time Olympic champion walked away with the 15,000 Euro prize.
After going around the Gerd Haiberdesigned course in 40.03, Jung was only three-hundredths of a second slower than the pre-determined ideal time of 40 seconds.
“The horses, including Corazon, were able to quickly get used to the indoor arena. We appear to be on the right track with the new format,” said a delighted Jung.
Irish rider Elizabeth Power rode Doonaveeragh O One into second place, just 0.47 seconds away from the optimum time, with Swiss rider Eveline Bodenmuller taking third with Waldmann.
French rider Sidney Dufresne, winner of the class in 2015, fell from Looping de Buissy during the competition, but was later given the all-clear after being taken to Stuttgart’s Karl-Olga Hospital for further treatment.