Lyon, France – November 02, 2019 – Ines Helias and Diplomat F won the €30,300 Land Rover Grand Prix CSI 2* today during the Longines Equita Lyon CSI 5*-W/2* at the Salon du Cheval de Lyon in France.
Ines Helias is barely 20 years old but already has the desire and determination of a great rider. For her first ever 2-star Grand Prix, she beat no less than 18 other riders in the jump-off, the highlight of the CSI 2* at the Longines Equita Lyon.
Starting as number 16 on Diplomat F, a 9-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding (Diarado x Dollar du Murier), the young rider showed great energy and strong gallops to post the quickest jump-off performance, registering 39.05 seconds for the victory.
Thierry Rozier (FRA) & Star
The more experienced Thierry Rozier (FRA), who had been in the lead until then with his horse Star (Singulord Jot Oes x Diarado), finishing second with a time of 39.12 seconds.
Maëlle Martin (FRA) & Come On Jumper
In the final ranking, France had the first four positions in the 1.45m Grand Prix with Maëlle Martin claiming third place on Comme On Jumper (Comme Il Faut 5 x Christiano) after a fault-free effort in 40.04 seconds, just ahead of Clément Frerejacques (FRA) on Undiams de Varenne (Diamant de Semilly / Rox de la Touche), who stopped the final timers in 40.44 seconds.
Ines Helias (FRA) & Diplomat F during the awards ceremony
Winner’s Circle – Ines Helias
“I gave it may all!” she said with a smile. “When Thierry Rozier took the lead, the top seeds of the jump-off had already ridden their round. Everyone thought he would win. It motivated me. I just said to myself: okay, you have to do better!”
Based near Royan, Ines Helias has obtained a breakthrough win here in Lyon, when only a few weeks ago she was wearing the colours of the French Young Riders team. “It’s hard to take in, ” she said. “It’s just extraordinary. Lyon is a really popular competition. I’d like to thank the Federation staff, who gave me my chance to come here. I must admit that I did not even dream of this outcome. Today, more than ever, my horse did a great job. He showed that he can maneuver really well and fast,” said Ines Helias.
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Source: News release by Longines Equita Lyon
Photos: © PSV Photo / J. Morel