Ireland’s Breen rides Zarnita to Saint-Lô GP win

Shane Breen and Zarnita.
Shane Breen and Zarnita.

Ireland’s Shane Breen has taken out the Grand Prix of Saint-Lô in France, pipping French rider Kevin Staut and fellow Irishman Dermott Lennon.

Breen rode Zarnita to the win in the jumpoff over seven other combinations, coming out 24/100 of a second ahead of Staut, and Zarnita was named Best Horse of the Show.

Staut had some consolation, however, in being named Best Rider of the Show.

In the 1 star Grand Prix sponsored by Semilly Stud, victory went to French rider Lucie Saliba riding Playboy de St Simeon. Now based at Haras de Ravel, near Bayeux (Normandy), it was the first international victory for the 20-year-old. She was almost four seconds ahead of Stéphane Dufour on Quadrio Tame.

Dufour also received the Crédit Agricole Normandie trophy as Best Rider of the CSI1*, while Quadrio Tame was named the Best Horse.

Earlier in the show Pénélope Leprevost won the first CSI3* Grand Prix qualifier, from 61 other combinations. Leprevost rode Nice Stepahnie to the win over Belgian Champion Gregory Wathelet on Conrad.

In the second qualifier, 28-year-old French rider Dorothée Amar bested Shane Breen and French rider Philippe Rozier.

• The show is also hosting the Selle Français Stallion Championship, and the Two-year-old male championship was won by Bacchus St Lois (by Orlando) with an overall average of 8,17 (including free jump, paces and type).

The bay youngster is from the famous blood line of Kevin Staut’s former ride Le Prestige St Lois (by Quidam de Revel), Maestro St Lois and Digne St Lois, and was born at Odile Paris’s stud farm, in Saint-Lô.

Reserve Champion was Broadway Concept (bay by Nippon d’Elle SF), born at Frédéric Pouleur farm, with an average of 7,93.

The Three-year-old male championships was won by Admiral de Leurven, a son of Lux Z and Everest L’Echanté SF (by Le Tot de Semilly SF). The runner up was champion two-year-old male Adagio de Talma, son of the international performer Lamm de Fetan SF.

In the Masters Elite Selle Français class, which brought together the best 15 horses of the breed in a special class judged over two rounds and offering €20,000 prize money, the stallion Popstar Lozonnais, ridden by Belgian Jerome Guery, was the victor.

• Two agricultural engineers from the Ministry of Agriculture of South Korea, led by managers of Poseidona, were hosted at the event during their study trip on French sport breeding. The show proved the perfect opportunity to learn about the structure of the French equine industry, from production to development.

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