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Feb 11 2005 - EVEI Media
Pierre Cazes, French National Team Trainer, is still savouring the individual medal success of Barbara Lissaraque in the World Championship, selected three riders to compete in The President of the UAE Endurance Cup. Two of the horses ridden by the French riders are owned by Stephane Chazel and have been competing in the UAE during the current season. France will test these horses against the field to help understand the competetive advantages of competing on horses which have trained extensively in the local environment. An interesting experiment.

Stephan Chazel

Photo by Gilly Wheeler
Stephan Chazel, who lives close to Florac, is riding the part Arab gelding Farouk de Lozell on whom he finished 15th in the 120km Dubai Endurance City ride in December having averaged 18.05kph.

At the 120km test ride last September for the 2006 World Championship in Aachen, German rider Belinda Hitzler rode the horse into second place and in June had won the 120km Tanneck ride on him.

Chazel has competed internationally for many years, his life is totally involved with endurance and his family have been breeding and dealing in Endurance horses for a considerable number of years. Many horse sourced by Chazel are competing in the Middle East.

Jean Philippe Frances

Jean Philippe Frances, who is 39, lives close to Marseilles rides the other Chazel horse, Fazur De Bruguet. This grey Anglo Arab mare finished 3rd in the 160km 2004 National French Championship at Monpazier when ridden by Francois Keriel.

Frances has been riding since he was eight years old and was the French Endurance Champion in 1997, the year he was 6th individual in the European Championship and won the Team Gold medal. In 2000 the famous French ride Montcuq a 2day 100+ 100km ride and was the Vice Champion of France in 2001.

Frances has ridden in the UAE on several occasions he was 10th in the Dubai City Ride in December and finished 11th in the 1998 World Championship held in Dubai. He had a highly successful season last year in which he won the 160km ride in Gubbio Italy and in France he was second at Negreplisse 120km, Compiegne 130km , Chanac 120km and fourth at Ribers 129km. He ended last year ranked eighth in the FEI Emirates World Ranking.

Robert Pastor

Photo by Gilly Wheeler
The third member of the French squad is 49 year old Robert Pastor who lives in southern France near Marseilles. Pastor rides his top horse Hasard on whom he finished seventh last year at Florac160km , the most famous ride in France.

In 2004 he also finished 9th with Hasard in two other 160km rides, Compiegne and La Baule. Pastor previously competed in Horse Trials before taking up endurance four years ago. This is his first visit to the UAE and the first time he has competed in the desert so he will ride accordingly to how his horse adapts to these conditions.

Pastor used to be play Rugby for a leading local French team and uses his bicycle to keep fit. By profession he trains horses.

The 2005 HH President's Cup event is sponsored by Omega, Emirates Call, United Design, Paris Gallery, Mercedes, Bovis Lend Lease, and Max Group.

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