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Thursday 16 May 2013, by webmaster

Philippe Guerdat, team spirit

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The chef d’équipe of the French, Philippe Guerdat, has chosen :
Kevin Staut, Pénélope Leprevost, Olivier Guillon, Marc Dilasser and Aymeric de Ponnat will be representing France in the first leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations CupTM held this Friday at the stadium

"Selecting the team is always something quite complicated. There are some imperatives. It’s the beginning of the season and some horses aren’t ready yet, like Orient-Express*HDC, or just came back
from covering, like Mylord Carthago*HN. And we must anticipate next week’s leg in Rome. We must work things out", says Philippe Guerdat.

This man of experience talks about the new season. "We must plan each event, one after the other. The objective is to qualify for the final in Barcelona end of September." And a bronze medal to defend
at the European championships in August at Herning (Denmark)… To meet these objectives, Philippe can count on the top riders of the French team, "but I want the majority of the riders to be given a
chance. We always need leaders but also team spirit.

The point is for everyone to be part of the leaders" he says smiling. This real horseman sees himself as a coach. "Of course, I’m a technician and I can provide solutions if necessary, but these riders are experts. So, instead of training, I prefer to develop real team spirit. They must learn how to deal with ups and downs, deal with failure and specially not be left alone. I can sometimes say I’m disappointed about a horse but never about a rider. I’ll always be there to protect them."

Schedule for tomorrow

Riders of the CSIO 5* will start from 9;00 am with a Warm up so the horses get used to the arena.
Concerning the amateurs, they will start the CSI 1* at 11.20 am. Entries, start lists, results on: www.labaule-cheval.com