Bahamian Equestrian Gallops to Victory in France
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Bahamian Anna Camille Vlasov won three golds at the Jumping du Golfe de St. Tropez HUBSIDE event in St. Tropez, France.
The equestrian and her horse Beaumont rode to victory in the CSI1 * 1.20min in France and celebrated their win for the Bahamas.
“My mother was crying when the national anthem rang. It was a very emotional moment. Myself, I sang the hymn during the awards ceremony, my heart was pounding, I couldn’t believe it. My horse Beaumont W / V gave it his all, he seemed to fly over obstacles. Really, I wasn’t expecting those three wins at all this week,” she said.
Vlasov said, “I am very happy with my victory this morning. What I’m most happy about is that this is the first international victory for the Bahamas.
“I must admit that hearing the national anthem was particularly moving,” she said.
Vlasov represented the Bahamas at the prestigious event, a first for the Equestrian Federation of the Bahamas, which she said was just recently formed.
“Representing the Bahamas in a competition like the HUBSIDE FALL TOUR is particularly close to my heart.”
Vlasov was born in the Bahamas and studied in England. She said at the end of her studies, four years ago, she moved to the South of France, near Aix-en-Provence, to work with Gilles Bertran de Balanda.
“At a high level, they can count only on two riders: me who evolves in Europe, and a second rider, Marcus, in America. However, it must be borne in mind that our federation is very young: it was created last January.
Vlasov said her horse Beaumont is fifteen years old and no longer participates in big events “but only in 135 maximum, the events in which we know he will have fun.”
She said she knew Beaumont was good at that level, but she never dreamt “he could be a rock star!”
“My horse, Beaumont W/V, has been absolutely perfect. He’s recovering now, which is why he’s competing in smaller events than he usually does. He’s fourteen, jumped big courses last year, and we’re getting him back on track now.’
Vlasov aims for the CAC Games in 2022 and is preparing a young horse, Gulliver du Saint-Chêne for the Pan-American Games in 2023.
Featured Photo credit: Hubside Jumping FB