Grand Prix Groupama Paris Val de Loire: A young Swede in front of an Olympic champion

  • Sunday 11 July 2021
  • 12:00 PM
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A 1* Grand Prix with fences at 1m40, 33 starters, 11 in the jump-off including 6 French riders, but in the end it was a Swedish rider, the young Antonia Anderssen, who won this Prix Groupama Paris Val de Loire with Dyneine de Lilau, a mare - French though she is - that she has been riding for only one year: "We haven't done many jump-offs together yet, but she is a naturally fast mare. I know that French riders are very fast. I didn't look at the other riders in the jump-off, but I heard the public cheer so I thought if I wanted to have a chance, I had to give it my all, I had nothing to lose so I went for it." She thus took the victory from a Frenchman, an Olympic champion even, Philippe Rozier, riding Night Light Van'T Ruyershof, who himself had beaten the time of his partner, Mathilde Couturier, who was very pleased with this third place even if she laughs: "Philippe could have been a gentleman though!” In the top 8 we find once again the Canadian Danielle Lambert, who already won two classes and who is a student of Philippe. A good weekend for the Rozier team!