A month after being crowned at the French championship in Fontainebleau, Penelope Leprevost and her daughter Eden Leprevost Blin-Lebreton appeared on the cover of the magazine. OPENING WORD! This June issue will also delight event fans, who will be able to relive the legendary CCI 5*-L of Badminton with the French owners, and of the dressage, who will discover out the career of Antoine Nowakowski. In terms of breeding, it is the history of the Mescam label that is followed, as well as the journey of the young Gin Fizz des Matis, while Bernard Le Courtois shares his knowledge of the winning horses at the grand finals. The Longines World Cup in Leipzig. Full summary below.
Eden at your fingertips
Instead of passing the torch, Pénélope Leprevost prepared to run in unison with her daughter, Eden. With her baccalaureate degree in her pocket in a few weeks, the young 18-year-old from Normandy plans to devote herself to horseback riding with her mother, an Olympic team champion. A brilliant student, Amazon did not hesitate for a second before choosing to plunge into his burning passion, despite the reluctance of those around him. Undeniably talented, Eden still didn’t know a trajectory that was always worthy of the garden of the same name, and learned the requirement until landing the coveted France Pro 1 title, last April, at Fontainebleau. Meeting at CSIO 5 * in La Baule, in a bracketed passage in her revisions, the young lady answered enthusiastically and gently the questions from GRANDPRIX.
Badminton, meet in a land of emotions
After a two-year absence due to the health crisis, the CCI 5*-L of Badminton, the undisputed Mecca of events, has signed a monumental comeback from May 5 to 8 in the UK. Some 170,000 spectators, a tidal wave of real people, were thrilled with the feats of horses and riders participating in this edition of all records. Among them were French horsemen, many of whom had this crazy experience for the first time. Seven of them agreed to talk about it, not without emotion.
Antoine Nowakowski, a multi-technical racer
There are high-level arrivals that resonate more than others. That of Antoine Nowakowski is one of them. At the age of thirty, the Belgian equestrian and his matriarch Quater Girl were completely unknown to the public until April, when they won the Grand Prix du CDI 3*de Sint-Truiden, then took fifth place in CDI 4* at Le Mans. However, the pair took second place in the French seven-year championship in 2020… A first step towards the top level?
Valentine Lenormand, the rising star of French driving
At almost twenty-two years old, and with almost a year of exposure to horses, Valentine Lenormand shines even brighter in her favorite sport: driving. Eurélienne can indeed boast an impressive record, recently enhanced by third and second place in teams and individuals at the European Youth Championships in Sélestat, last August, under the leash of her dazzling pony Uderzo des Templier. If horses make up a large part of her daily life, then the young leader is not destined to professionalize herself, preferring to practice sports out of pure passion.
FEED, TAKE CARE
The hybridization of Mescam, one coincidence after another?
Although it was discontinued just ten years ago, perhaps Mescam breeding is getting more attention than ever thanks to the remarkable performances of Tolède de Mescam * Harcour with Kevin Staut, the front-runner of the cross-jumping French obstacle. Having produced more than three hundred products, Breton Farm was founded in the late 1970s by Patrick Rabot, who had always dreamed of becoming a breeder if he had not been predestined for this profession. Talent or opportunity – he prefers the latter – allows this former shipbuilding architect to experience the great successes he has agreed to return to.
Gin Fizz des Matis, an explosive cocktail
As one of the young horses with the best apparent proportions of the last two years, the Gin Fizz des Matis has everything a future star has. Born as part of a breeder rental and the result of a story with a passionate passion for romance, the six-year-old gelding is on the cusp of becoming the pride of racer Arnaud Bourdois and his owner and owner. its co-breeder Estelle Polette. .
A new team and new challenges for the Selle Français Stud-book
On April 28, the traditional congress of the Stud-book Selle Français was held. In addition to ethical and financial reports, there is an opportunity to renew part of the board of directors. A symbol of the association’s dynamism, the ballot authorized the election of approximately 20 new administrators, dedicated and passionate men and women. As explained by Pascal Cadiou, the president has extended his term for a third time.
Also find the historical chronicle of Bernard Le Courtois, titled: “The stars that intersect are not alpha and omega”.
CULTURE AND STYLE
A horse on a samurai
Until August 29, the Guimet museum will present an exhibition entitled “The Art and Sword, the Warrior Imagination of Japan”. If these two weapons are undeniably the equipment of famous samurai, whose representation and aura in the collective imagination through the ages form the unity of this presentation, then They can count on another great asset: the horse. During the exhibition, a print will take place. But far from seeing a warrior in the saddle in a decisive attack, we discover a horse carried on the shoulders of a samurai… Let’s focus on one piece.
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How to prevent and treat the symptoms of summer?
Dry toenails, emphysema, insect and sun-damaged skin, dehydration, arachnoiditis, sustained effort during the off-season… And much more! In good weather, horses can suffer from all sorts of diseases that you should be aware of for prevention and treatment.
Who says summer says sunny, but all the diseases that come with it: insects, emphysema, dermatitis, intense exercise, dryness can lead to hydration or nail problems… GRANDPRIX was Interviewed various experts who gave their expert advice.
Equip yourself to climb in total serenity
Near zero risk. Riding “personal protective equipment” (PPE) such as helmets, vests and airbags – supported by seat belts – tries to give the rider as much safety as possible when practicing. In the midst of approval, questioning and disapproval, readers of OPENING WORD shared their experiences through an online survey, developed in partnership with Horse Development, a marketing and strategy consulting agency specializing in the equine world.