CSI 5*

Julien Epaillard & Donatello d’Auge Dash to Win €26,000 Prix Groupama CSI 5*-W at Equita Lyon

Lyon, France – October 28, 2022- Five-star competitions are already underway at the Longines Equita Lyon CSI 5*-W & CSI 2* and the French riders have made a great start! The audience in Lyon enjoyed a first French win in the €26,000 Prix Groupama CSI 5*-W.

Riding Donatello d’Auge, a horse he had bred in Normandy, Julien Epaillard (FRA) delivered the best performance of the 1.50m class. A clear round and a great time (28”74) gave the French rider a fantastic win aboard the 9-year-old Selle Français gelding (Jarnac x Hello Pierville).

Donatello d’Auge is a very consistent horse. This was his third win in a row. At just nine years old, the future looks bright for him,” said the rider from Normandy shortly after his victory, before adding: “If I qualify for the Equita Masters on Saturday night, he will be the one on the starting line with me. Wait and see…”

Jérôme Guéry (BEL) & Azaria Dinero

Of the 53 couples that started the class, the Belgian rider Jérôme Guéry (BEL) was just behind Julien in second place (29”20 seconds) with Azaria Dinero (Mylord Carthago x Drakkar des Hutins).

Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) & Texas

Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) completed the podium with Texas (Tornesch 1042 x Robin Z), registering no penalties and a time 29”74 seconds in the second phase.

Fninal Results – €26,000 Prix Groupama CSI 5*-W

1) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Donatello d’Auge – 0 – 24.74

2) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Azaria Dinero – 0 – 29.20

3) Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) & Texas – 0 – 29.74

Source: Press Release from Longines Equita Lyon

Photos: © Equita Lyon / Jean Morel