Lyon, France – November 01, 2019 – Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Queeletta were the winners of the €25,250 Equi Generali Prize CSI 5* today to kick off CSI 5* competition during the Longines Equita Lyon – Salon du Cheval de Lyon CSI 5*-W/2* in France.
Forty-nine of the world’s best rider-horse combinations entered the ring for the special two-phase 1.50m challenge. In the end, there were 16 clear rounds and 13 combinations placed. The riders needed to jump cleanly and quickly to have a chance of winning in this opening top-level class. Philippe Rozier (FRA)on Vincy de Gue managed the first clear round in the class, setting the pace with a time of 31”95, eventually finishing in seventh place.
Mathieu Billot (FRA) & Lord de Muze
Mathieu Billot (FRA) and Lord de Muze (Nabab de Reve x For Pleasure) were quick and determined to do better, lowering the new mark to 31.42 seconds. However, the Frenchman would have to settle for third place.
Yuri Mansur (BRA) & Everglade
Yuri Mansur (BRA) was even faster on Everglade (Clinton x Voltaire), finishing in second place with a final time of 30.95 seconds.
One of the fastest riders in the world had yet to jump and Julien Epaillard (FRA) once again more than lived up to his reputation Riding Queeletta, an 11-year-old dark bay Oldenburg mare (Quality x Landor S), registering the winning time in 30.56 seconds. The Frenchman has been riding mare in competitions since June, and they are becoming ones to watch.
Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Queeletta
Winner’s Circle – Julien Epaillard (FRA)
“My horse has not yet competed in any big Grand Prix events, but has already been involved in some great classes. She has a lot of resources. I don’t know everything about her yet, but she’s starting to get better. The idea is to do the Grand Prix with her on Sunday. She seemed pretty comfortable today, not too nervous, and that’s what I wanted to see. So, she’s not going to do anything tomorrow and then I’ll bring her back on Sunday.”
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Source: News release (edited) from Longines Equita Lyon – Le Salon du Cheval de Lyon
Photos: © PSV Photo / J. Morel