Grimaud, France – October 10, 2021 – Earlier, France’s Julien Epaillard (FRA) came under the spotlight with Cheyenne d’Auge, with whom he won the €25,400 Hubside Grand Prix CSI 2*. The CSI 2* took place in the Grimaud arena before the major CSI 4* class.
With 56 starters and 11 going through to the jump-off, the course drawn by the course designer did its job well. If a strong French delegation was present in the second round with, in particular, Julien Epaillard (FRA), Pénélope Leprévost (FRA), Simon Delestre (FRA), Jeanne Sadran (FRA) and Paul Delforge (FRA), Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands could also count on some of their top names with, respectively, Grégory Wathelet (BEL), Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) and Jur Vrieling (NED).
The latter held the lead for a long moment, but fell victim to Julien Epaillard (FRA) who lived up to his reputation as being one of the fastest riders on the circuit. Riding the incredible Cheyenne d’Auge, he rode a perfect and fast round that was applauded by all as he landed after clearing the last fence, the planks in the Hubside colours. “2 classes, 2 victories, we can say her weekend was successful”, smiled the rider from Normandy.
“I’m delighted with her, she’s keeps getting better day by day. What’s really interesting is that after a jump-off like Friday’s, where I’d asked a lot of her, today she managed to jump a Grand Prix again with the same freshness and the same enthusiasm. She’s very consistent and very competitive.” The Dutchman wasn’t far from winning. “Next time, try beating me by just one second,” Jur Vrieling (NED) told the Frenchman. And for good reason! With his grey Km Chalcedon he finished in second place, 3 seconds behind his rival. Paul Delforge (FRA), already a winner earlier in the day, was third on Allblack de Gressoux.
Final Results – €25,400 Hubside Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Cheyenne d’Auge – 0 / 0 – 38.40
2) Jur Vrieling (NED) & Km Chalcedon – 0 / 0 – 41.86
3) Paul Delforge (FRA) & Allblack de Gressoux – 0 / 0 – 42.68
Source: Press Release by Juliette Gorin / Aliénor de La Rochefoucauld / Anchor Equitation for Hubside Jumping Grimaud
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