Figures and (Simon) Delestre (1/3)

Even if the officialization of the selections were to take place a few days after the printing of this magazine, everything suggests that Simon Delestre will have the honor of defending the Coq during the show jumping events of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. A fourth selection in twelve years that will make him one of the most capped French riders. After the broken rein in London in 2012 with Napoli du Ry, the unimaginable injury of Hermès Ryan des Hayettes in his box in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and two exceptional courses with Berlux in the team event in Tokyo in 2021, which France had failed to win due to the elimination of Pénélope Leprevost and Vancouver de Lanlore, the Lorraine rider will this time ride Cayman Jolly Jumper, one of the most talented and unique horses on the show jumping planet. With collective, but also individual ambitions. To get a sense of what this authentic forty-three-year-old Stakhanovite, whose career is not about to end, represents on a national scale, there is nothing like figures. Figures and Delestre, which the former world number one will analyse as a good mathematician, he who had started higher education in the subject.

11,628,137. That is the sum, in hard cash, of the winnings that Simon Delestre has won in competition since 1998, the year in which the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) computerized its competition management system. Born on June 21, 1981 in Metz, the rider, who celebrated his seventeenth birthday a few days before the unforgettable world triumph of the French football team, surely must not have won much money before, even if he made a name for himself in his early years in competition, notably with the charismatic Panama du Cas…



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