Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MAR) claimed the title in the first day's CSI5* feature competition after a spectacularly fast round with his expressive stallion Quickly de Kreisker, wowing the already packed grandstands with a stunning display of skill and accuracy.
As the temperatures rose in Chantilly, France, so did the competition as a vast and impressive line up of top international riders walked the course set by Italy's Uliano Vezzani. The course provided a challenging but fair speed round for the CSI5* Prix Generali French Tour 1,50m competition and would require riders to jump clear but also fast if they had any hopes of obtaining a position near the top of results.
Lauren Hough (USA) was the first in the ring with her bay ten year old mare Royalty Des Isles, with whom she won the feature class with in Paris just a few weeks ago. Determined to set the bar high, she rode a phenomenal round, setting the pace at a blinding 60.25s which looked unbeatable as the evening progressed. As the competition unfolded and despite many confident clears, no one could come close to her time and she maintained the lead at almost five seconds ahead of the next place competitor for the majority of the competition.