There were some great riders in the international arena at Equita Longines, le Salon du Cheval de Lyon. On Friday evening. The world’s top show-jumpers were here to compete in the €101,000 Grand Prix Longines, a qualifying class for the Equita Masters by Hermès Sellier on Saturday 3 November and for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup presented by GL events on Sunday 4 November: Forty-nine couples were in the starting blocks, and all aiming for victory.
At the end of the first round, 20 couples had sealed their place in the jump-off, ensuring a final round full of suspense and excitement for the spectators in Lyon, who had turned out in great numbers for the event. While many couples incurred penalties in the second round by knocking one or more bars over, Germany’s Daniel Deusser (GER) managed the feat of completing a double clear round in the extremely quick time of 34.60 seconds on Stephex Stables’ Tobago Z (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Mr Blue).
“I took a few risks at the start of the jump-off. On the other hand, I could probably have gone faster on the last two obstacles. So, I didn’t take risks all the time. Still, it worked out this evening, ” said Daniel Deusser (GER), who is in great form at the moment. The German won the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping event in Verona (Italy) last weekend. “I hope Tobago will maintain his good form and motivation for Sunday,” he added.
Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Bianca
Only seven couples completed two clear rounds. Swiss rider Steve Guerdat (SUI), who has been a regular at the event in Lyon for many years, was extremely quick on Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento).
They finished in 35.34 seconds and took second place in the class. Third place on the podium went to the Belgian Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) on H&M Legend of Love (Landzauber x Corgraf ), registering no penalties in 35.59 seconds.
We can also note the sixth-place finish (36’93) of the French rider Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) on Ilex VP, the horse he rode at the last World Equestrian Games during the summer. He was the best-ranked best French rider in this class.
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Source: Press release from Equita Longines – Le Salon du Cheval de Lyon
Photos: © Equita Longines / PSV Photo / J. Morel
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