Grimaud, France – May 07, 2021 – Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Kosmo Van Hof Ter Boone were the stars of the day on Friday during the second week of the Hubside Jumping Spring Tour CSI 5*, 4* & 2*. The duo claimed top honors in the feature class of the day, the €65,000 Hubside Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*. A total of forty-three combinations entered the ring to face the 1.55m obstacles on the course designed by Gregory Bodo (FRA), with 12 of them advancing to the decisive round.
The competition was very fierce as four out of the top-ten ranked riders in the world battled for the win. In the end, it was Epaillard and the 11-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood gelding (Arko x Pachat II) who prevailed, leaving the other 11 pairs behind backed by a penalty-free effort, timed at 37.40 seconds.
A true test of the best, the next two positions on the podium were claimed by the the two riders who are battling for the lead in the Longines FEI Jumping Individual Jumping World Ranking. Number two in the world rider standings, Daniel Deusser (GER) and Killer Queen VDM (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure) duplicated their clean effort in the tiebreaker, earning silver honors in 38.13 seconds.
The final podium on the podium was conquered by world number one, Steve Guerdat (SUI), who guided Albfuehren’s Maddox (Cohiba 1198 x Maraton) towards two flawless performances, the decisive one just seven-hundredths of a second slower than the latter two.
Winner’s Circle – Julien Epaillard (FRA)
“Kosmo van hof Ter Boone had a great first round even though I’m not 100% in the settings yet. He“ took ” the bit from me in this first round, so I changed my bit for the jump-off. He is a horse with temperament, blood, great strength, and we haven’t been evolving at this level for a very long time. He has run two big Grands Prix in which he emerged with 8 and 12 points: I hope it gets better. Here, we are dealing with the normal process of a horse starting at 5 * compared to the experience he has. In the jump-off, I managed to take a stride out, which allowed me to gain a few tenths of a second, then I made a good turn before the oxer, a great distance came out. It is at these two places that I saved time; it was not a jump-off that presented many other options than tightening turns and taking out strides.”
Final Results – €65,000 Hubside Jump-off Challenge CSI 5*
1) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Kosmo Van Hof Ter Boone – 0 / 0 – 37.40
2) Daniel Deusser (GER) & Killer Queen VDM – 0 / 0 – 38.13
3) Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Albfuehren’s Maddox – 0 / 0 – 38.20
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Source / Interview: Press Release by Daniel Koroloff / Blizko Communication
Photos: © Hubside Jumping / Marco Villanti / Filippo Gabutti