On Thursday the 12th of May, the Seaver Team arrived in La Baule (close to Nantes, in France) on the occasion of the Jumping International Grand Prix Longines, one of the most important competitions of the circuit. The entry for visitors is free, attracting a huge crowd of equestrian enthusiasts as well as occasional visitors.
The difficulty of the jumps and the prizes – superior to 1 million swiss francs (1 million dollars) – make it a 5-star competition, where the best champions are invited and participate, proudly representing their country.
The setting is fantastic. La Baule is renowned in France to be one of the most exclusive holiday destinations. Among the many places of interest we can count the longest sand beach in Europe, many wonderful Casinos, golf courses and a great equestrian tradition, culminating in this yearly Jumping event.
Being a long event, spamming through 4 days, there are different challenges: the most notable ones are the Longines CSIO 5* and the Furusiyya Nations’ Cup. It was really fun to attend also the other events, in particular the Derby 5* (which is more and more difficult to find during international events).
So...how did it go?
Well, the Nations’ Cup saw the Netherlands coming first for the second year in a row, with a nearly-perfect score, followed by the United States and France on the podium. The CSIO 5* 1m60 (the final challenge, on Sunday) crowned the Belgian rider Jérôme Guery and his fantastic horse Grand Cru, after his underperformance in the Nations’ Cup and a nice 3rd place in the Derby.
Seaver was present during all events with a lovely stand, where many riders and horse owners came to visit and had a look at our innovation. We showed the prototype of our girth and asked for feedbacks on its design, further improving its ergonomics. Our industrial designer payed a visit, and duly noted the different remarks from professionals and amateurs from different disciplines, so that we can deliver the best to our clients.
We had Kébir Ouaddar (jumping champion) and the prince Moulay Abdallah (member of the FEI committee) coming to our stand to show their support and renew their interest in Seaver, and met with many actors of the industry – from those working in horse nutrition to equipment producers, discussing the evolution of the sector and future trends in the equestrian world, as well as journalists and riders interested in our vision of putting technology at the service of the horse.
We will be present at Fontainebleau for the GP Classic, as well as the Chantilly GCT, with a stand to keep on showing our prototype and to gather feedbacks to improve it.
Come and see us if you’re there!
The Seaver team
19th May 2016