M1 H&H, CSI 5*, 1.45 m with jump-off: a historic rosette

  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • 4:30 PM
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"I'm going to frame this rosette." This rosette, as green as her jacket, is the first one that the very smiling Fanny Skalli has just won for her very first CSI 5* with Jonka, nicknamed the Duchess. It was the reward for her second place in the Prix H&H, a 1.45m class with a jump-off. A jump-off with only three riders and where the young woman from Southern France put the pressure on from the start with a very fast time. But with 36 hundredths less, Nicolas Delmotte (Citadin du Chatellier), deprived her of the first place: "For me, it's almost a victory, but he could have been a gentleman", laughs the young mother who can't help but express a little regret: "If I had taken one stride less when I went to the wall, I could have gained a few tenths, but I am very happy... it is my second 5* class and I was already ranked yesterday with Jonka who was clear, today she is double clear, what more could I ask for? ... The Duchess has a huge heart, she is incredible, she has a solid mind, she is just perfect". Jonka and Fanny have progressed together to 5* level: "I bought her a year and a half ago and she was doing 1.40-1.45m in Switzerland". Tomorrow, Jonka will be resting and it is not certain that Fanny will start in the Grand Prix: "We are going to Dinard with her, so no Grand Prix... maybe I will do the 1* Grand Prix with a horse from Steve"... Guerdat, her husband and father of her little Ella since last April. Moreover, three months after giving birth, Fanny's physical condition is admirable: "I didn't do anything special to get back into shape, I just wanted to get back on the horse quickly. Every woman is different in this situation and I think I'm really lucky... yes, I'm very lucky in life... And I'd like to say a word about Val because I think I have the best groom in the world and that counts for a lot.”