Photo: Pénélope Leprévost riding Flora de Mariposa

French showjumping chef d’equipe, Philippe Guerdat, has announced his team that will travel to the Rio2016 Olympic Games. There was absolutely no doubt about the first three: Simon Delestre – currently the world’s number one ranked rider – with Selle Français Ryan des Hayettes/aka Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray - Ryonne des Hayettes Z x Ryan d’Anzex, bred by Haras des Hayettes); Pénélope Leprévost and the Belgian Warmblood Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure - Adeline x Power Light, bred by Herman de Brabander); and Kevin Staut riding Reveur de Hurtebise (Kashmir van’t Schuttershof - Laika du Radoux x Capricieux des Six Censes, bred by Severine Siraux ). However, with several top horse-rider combinations vying for the fourth team place, Guerdat’s decision was less than certain and finally went to Roger-Yves Bost and the young Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet - Girl d’Elbe x Alfa d’Elle, bred by Marius Huchin and Danielle Prince). Philippe Rozier and Rahotep de Toscan (Quidam de Revel - Fanny du Mûrier x Laudanum xx, bred by SCEA du Vieux Noyer) will be the team’s travelling reserves. Guerdat has, nonetheless, said he will leave the door open to a possible last-minute change for ‘Bosty’, already with two Olympic appearances under his belt, as he has two other long-listed horses in Myrtille Paulois (SF: Dollar du Mûrier - Rita La Rouge x Grand Veneur, bred by Agnes Grosz) and Quod’Coeur de la Loge (SF: Ideal de la Loge - Fana de la Loge x Tenor de la Cour, bred by SCEA Elevage de la Loge), even though he is favouring Sydney.