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May 13, 2014


Chantilly CSI 2**




For once I’m lost for words!  I don’t think I can find words to adequately describe jumping at 
Chantilly! Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine such an exquisitevenue for a showjumping event!  I’m hoping it’s a case of ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ because there’s little chance of being able to describe the magnificent of the setting for this show!

As part of Team Haras Du Ry I headed to the magnificent venue of Chantilly to compete in an International 1* and 2* event in late April.  This world class venue will host the Longines Global Champions Tour in July and the world’s best show jumpers will gather here…. sacred turf indeed!  The thrill of being at such an amazing venue is hard to describe.  The build up to the event had certainly raised my level of excitement- preparation for my first International professional event with Gordon had gone well and I felt ready for the challenge.  Travelling to Chantilly via Paris was in itself an experience, even seeing a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the distance was one of those moments!

Arriving at Chantilly I’m sure my jaw dropped and my eyes were popping. Even though I had seen photos of the course laid out right in front of the chateau the reality was awe inspiring to say the very least.  I was about to compete in an arena right in front of the most magnificent palace I’d ever seen!  It’s impossible to describe the mix of excitement, apprehension, exhilaration and awe I felt when we arrived at Chantilly but let’s just say I think it’s a moment that will definitely be on my list of ‘once in a lifetime memories’! 

Team Haras Du Ry at Chantilly consisted of Amy with Albert, Soraya D’Utah and her 8 y.o. mare Go Blesse competing in the 2* International, Thomas with Una competing in his first 1.25m class in the Amateurs and myself with Gordon in the 1* International.  

My first round on Gordon lacked a little focus on my part but I was still happy to get around a technical course with only four faults.  On Day 2 my round felt so much better and again although pulling one rail I was very happy with our ride.  Without doubt the highlight of my weekend was the 1.30m professional class on Sunday.  With some notable rides in the class, including French actor Guillaume Canet who stars in the French movie Jappeloup, I placed well.  This clear round would have to be the best ride of my life so far!  Riding the course on such a willing, talented horse as Gordon in such a magnificent setting was truly out of this world and a moment I will treasure forever!

As if being in such an amazing location among Europe’s show jumping elite wasn’t enough, there was time to just chill out with cheese platters and champagne in the sumptuous champagne lounge. What a way to spend a weekend! I can’t believe it’s possible to top all this!

Needless to say there was plenty of celebrations after a successful HDR weekend with perhaps more than a few celebratory drinks on the truck trip home!!

Until next show at Le Touquet CSI3*** where we were sharing the same stable block as Edwina Alenander and Rodigo Pessoa!!

If anyone is still looking for accommodation for WEG there’s still some spaces at Haras Du Ry. 







 
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