Arnaud Serre and the Pure Spanish qualified stallion Helio II renewed their national Grand Prix title by winning the 2011 French Dressage Championships held in Saumur, France, on 8 – 11 September 2011. With a total score of 206.844 after three rounds, Serre was ahead of silver medal winning Claire Gosselin. Pierre Subileau finished in bronze medal position.
Serre and the 16-year old PRe bred Helio II (by Flamenco XII x Banquero V, bred by Roziere Dominique ) faced tough competition from Claire Gosselin on the liver chestnut French bred Karamel de Lauture. Serre won the Grand Prix with 66.894%, tied in first place in the Special with 67.250% and dominated the Kur with 72.700%.
“Helio was tired the first day in the Grand Prix after Rotterdam and we only won the test because Claire made a program error,” Arneud Serre told Grand Prix Replay. “Anne Sophie and I still wanted to bring the horses to Saumur for the Championships, even though they were a bit tired, because we think it’s important to be there as members of the French team. This year’s title is no less a fight than last year though.”