Thirty-nine riders started the €25,000 Prix Sommer Sunday morning, in the international arena during the Equita Longines, Le Salon du cheval de Lyon CSI 5*-W in Lyon, France. In this 1.50-meter class against the clock, the young generation was in the spotlight.
Indeed, the first six places in the rankings were filled by riders under 30 years of age. Riding eighth, Richard Howley (26) from Ireland and Chinook (Tygo x Wellington) finished in a time of 59.33 seconds and was never overhauled by his rivals. Bertram Allen (IRL) in particular set off at full speed to try and beat his compatriot’s time. He managed to complete a very fast round in 59.97 seconds, but unfortunately knocked a bar off and therefore missed out on the podium. The same thing happened to Guillaume Batillat (FRA) who saw all his hopes slip away at the penultimate obstacle, despite an excellent time of 59.45 seconds. A lot of riders also incurred penalties at obstacle number 7, the oxer with water, placed just below the set of screens.
Edward Levy (FRA) & Rebeca LS
Riding his faithful Rebeca LS (Rebozo la Silla x Cassini I), with which he won yesterday Saturday morning’s class against the clock, Edward Levy (24 years old) once again put in a fine performance on the course in Lyon. With a time 61.04 seconds, he finally took second place.
After a fine ride in the opening race of this CSI5*-W, Mégane Moissonnier (21 years old), a young partner rider of Equita by GL events, also rode a very fast clear round in 61.79, second aboard Ultrachic de Charmois this morning.
Emma Augier de Moussac (CZE) & Rubio Monocoat Electric
Finally, the Frenchwoman (fourth) was sandwiched between the two great performances by the Czech rider Emma Augier de Moussac (28 years old), who was third with Rubio Monocoat Electric (Quincy x Quaprice) after stopping the timers in 61.73 secods and fifth with Diva 61.97 seconds.
Richard Howley (IRL) & Chinook
So, this morning, the young riders took the spotlight in front of their elders! “Chinook is an excellent horse that belongs to a very good friend of mine, Sarah Stevenson. She has been supporting me for several years now and this win proves that we really do have an excellent horse and that we made the right choice. Starting at the beginning of the class, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep the lead, but I gave it my best shot and the horse jumped very well. This is my first year here in Lyon and it’s an incredible event. I have never taken part in such a great competition in my life, so I sincerely thank all those who made it possible for me to compete this weekend,” said the young rider after the awards ceremony.
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Source: Press release from Equita Longines – Le Salon du Cheval de Lyon
Photos: © Equita Longines / PSV Photo / J. Morel
Categories: CSI 5*