For myself and the entire team at IN Showjumpers this remains top of our list as the most beautiful show in the competition calendar, with fantastic sport at the very top level and an electric atmosphere created by the ever enthusiastic French crowds.
Also to profile and educate the young horses it is second to none, always providing educational/ challenging tracks on the fantastic grass arena for the high profile competitors who flock from around the world to this paradise in far west corner of France.
I took two of the impressive 7 year old stallions, Hocus Pocus and Elton Van’t Excelhof Z and the old man Undicci to jump the 3*. They were all exceptional, in particular Hocus Pocus attracted a lot of attention with his flamboyant consistent technique.VIEW VIDEO
Hi is fast stepping into the shoes of 7 year old Mijnheer Van’t Lentamel as being the horse everyone asks about, Mijnheer was sold last month to Cian O’Connor. However the scopey stallion Elton Van’t Excelhof z is also starting to turn heads not only with his looks but his easy scope, I am very excited about both these horses for next year as they turn eight.
Undicci, now 15 years young has never jumped better. He is was so unlucky not to finish in the
ribbons this weekend, but for me the education he is providing jumping 1.50m / 1.55m tracks is
invaluable and I can’t thank him enough! If he wasn’t such a monkey he would have been sold long ago.
All the boys will now benefit now from a well earned rest during August at our home stables
enjoying the English summer in the paddocks.