1st step of the Rolex Grand Slam
1st step of the Grand Slam Rolex.
They were around forty couples at the beginning of this Aix la Chapelle Grand Prix.
13 jumps, 16 efforts in the first round after which only 8 couples jumped clear.
In the second round, Patrice DELAVEAU riding Orient Express (clear in 1st round), is the only three-coloured rider. Opposite were five Germans, two English, two Swiss, two Dutch, two Irish, one Spanish, one Portuguese and one American. Only three riders reiterated their clear round including Patrice DELAVEAU and Orient Express. They won their ticket for the jump-off against Janika SPRUNGER with Palloubet d’Hallong and Nick Skelton with Big Star.
Janika SPRUNGER, first to go, made a really fast chronometer but with a fault. Nick SKELTON preferred to assure a clear round. Patrice DELAVEAU last to go on the Grand Slam Rolex jump-off made a fault and were a bit less speed than Janika : it is the third step of the podium for Patrice!
BUTET saddler would like to congratulate Patrice DELAVEAU for this 3rd place in the mythical Grand Prix which is Aix la Chapelle!
It should be noted that Orient Express *HDC finished best horse of the competition!
Grand Slam Rolex steps to go:
- Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO 5*, CANADA: from 4th to 8th September 2013.
- CHI of Genève, SWITZERLAND: from 12th to 15th December 2013.