Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – July 07, 2023 – Fresh from his win last week in the €1.5million Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Monaco, Julien Epaillard (FRA) was back on top spot with Dubai du Cedre at the Longines Tops International Arena. Winning the biggest class on the second day of the Summer Festival, Epaillard beat Dutchman Johnny Pals (NED) on Curiano van Maarle Z by nearly 3 seconds in the CSI4* 1.50m speed class.
The Longines Tops International Arena Summer Festival continued to captivate equestrian enthusiasts and families alike on its second day, offering a thrilling combination of world-class competition, vibrant entertainment, and an array of family-friendly activities. The festival showcased an abundance of entertainment options, including live music performances, engaging kids’ activities, and a perfect setting for a memorable family day out.
Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) demonstrated his exceptional speed aboard Don Vito, securing a commendable third-place finish. Jack Ryan’s flawless execution and expert navigation around the course earnt him fourth-place on BBS Mcgregor. With only 6 clear rounds in the field Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann rounded off the top 5 with Cornela and local hero Kevin Jochems was the slowest clear round of the day on Christianus.
Although yesterday’s winning combination Denis Lynch (IRL) and Hunter were faster than Epaillard an unlucky rail kept them down the order. World number one Henrik von Eckermann looked on track to leapfrog into the lead on Glamour Girl but one down meant he handed the win to Epaillard who sit’s just behind him on the world rankings.
As the sun began to set, the festivities continued with an enchanting atmosphere created by beautifully illuminated surroundings. The magical ambiance set the stage for an unforgettable evening, with special performances and entertainment for all to enjoy.
“The Longines Tops International Arena Summer Festival is committed to delivering an extraordinary experience for our attendees,” emphasized Event Director, Ellis Van Himbergen. “We aim to create a harmonious blend of world-class equestrian sport, thrilling entertainment, and an inviting atmosphere that makes it a truly special occasion for families. We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of sport, music, and family fun to create lasting memories.”
Final Results – €52,600 Speed Challenge CSI 4* – 1.50m
1) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Dubai du Cedre – 0 – 64.32
2) Johnny Pals (NED) on Curiano van Maarle Z – 0 – 67.58
3) Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Don Vito – 0 – 68.85
Source: Press Release from LTIA – Longines Tops International Arena
Photo: © LTIA / Stefano Grasso