Emeric George is making a name for himself in the world of horse riding. This Friday in Falsterbo, Sweden, the rider Picard will launch his first selection in France jumping team led by Thierry Pomel. At the side of Félicie Bertrand, Mathieu Billot, Edward Levy and Olivier Robert, the resident of Avilly-Saint-Leonard can have bright eyes. "We are going to participate in a contest in an exceptional site, savor the Picard. Scandinavians and Swedes in particular are horse connoisseurs. It is a meeting point in the equestrian world. "
Emeric George knows what he's talking about. Two years ago, he came to those same lands with a wild card. Today, he comes back with a ticket in due form. "It was my very first international competition," recalls the 30-year-old. I had dropped two bars to rank me in the middle of the table. Nevertheless, it remains a very good memory. For this young rider, the 2019 edition will have another flavor. This is an opportunity to confirm its progress globally. Currently 140th after an increase of 15 places in a year, he put on his mount Chopin Hayettes to find the right tempo. "It's one of the three horses I bring to Sweden," he says. He is an 11 year old horse who is very smart and agile. It compensates for its small size (1.65 m) by a huge energy and a lot of desire. During the competition in Saint-Tropez a fortnight ago, he was very good. Just like the last workouts this week. "
For the urban development engineer and real estate developer, this appointment first goes through the qualifying phase this Friday. "The individual event is taking place today," he says. Based on the results, the coach will retain four of the five French riders for the team event taking place Sunday. The Picard rider hopes to be at the rendezvous of this competition which is part of the European Division 1. "The goal is to qualify for the World Finals in Barcelona from October 3 to 6," Emeric George concludes. In this, it will take a maximum of points in Sweden. The next Nations Cup will be held in Hickstead (UK) in a fortnight and then in Dublin (Ireland) in mid-August for the final qualifying stage.