British rider Nick Skelton wins the Grand Prix Longines de La Baule
Nick Skelton (GBR), with Carlo 273, won the Grand Prix Longines de La Baule. Philippe Le Jeune (BEL), the current World Champion, riding Vigo d’Arsouilles STX, finished 2nd, ahead of Ben Maher (GBR) and Tripple X.
The Jumping International Officiel de France in La Baule (France), where Longines was the official partner and timekeeper for the eigth year in a row, was the first stage of the 2012 Nations Cup.
La Baule also marked the first stage of the Longines Press Award for Elegance. This prize pays tribute to the most elegant and successful male and female riders of the season. The procedure is as follows: the 20 riders (10 men and 10 women) who have accumulated the most performance points during the 6 Nations Cup events where Longines is a partner are short-listed. In Dublin, the last stage of the Nations Cup, a jury of International journalists will elect the most elegant male and female riders from the short-list.
After this first competition, Linda Heed (SWE, female horseriders category) and Guy Williams (GBR, male horseriders category) are leading the intermediate ranking.