French riders in Olympic form at the Rotterdam Nations League

French riders in Olympic form at the Rotterdam Nations League
French riders in Olympic form at the Rotterdam Nations League

It’s not yet known whether Bruce Springsteen, who is often hidden in the audience watching his daughter Jessica apply for a spot on Team USA, remixed his hit to play “Born to France.” It would be worth it. Because it is a very rare score that the blue jackets played in the Nations League in Rotterdam on Friday. Seven rounds and zero faults for a victory.

However, there was little noise just before the competition around the French clan: Simon Delestre had to give up using his lead horse, Cayman Jolly Jumper, who was indisposed and sent to undergo veterinary examinations in Belgium. Simple mishap. We will avoid saying that like in F1, he has a mullet. Because at the controls of the Amelunisa R 51, the Lorraine signed, just like Julien Epaillard (Donatello d’Auge), Olivier Perreau (GL Events Dorai d’Aiguilly) and finally Kevin Staut (Viking d’La Rousserie), one without -mistake. The course, with a 64 percent success rate, was certainly not very selective. But only four teams, France, Brazil, Sweden and England, managed to bring at least three of their representatives into the stable without error, the worst result being scratched (this is the principle of drop- score).

This is where very clever and experienced serial gold prospector, Henk Nooren, the coach of France, had to make a choice, only three riders, with no jokers, being kept for the second round. His choice was to trust in experience, relegating the deserving Olivier Perreau to the role of privileged spectator. The strategy was the right one: Delestre, Staut, and finally Epaillard, repeated their course without dropping a single bar unlike the Swedes and the English (one fault), then the Brazilians (two faults). With a big month to go before the Games, this is obviously promising, even if in horse riding, the truth of one day is rarely that of the next.

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