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Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping : Pénélope Leprévost makes it two in a row!

Having recently won the Grand Prix in Oslo, Pénélope Leprévost riding Flora de Mariposa also took first place on November 1 st in the third leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ presented by GL Events in Equita’Lyon (France). Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Taloubet Z came in second and Romain Duguet riding on Quorida de Treho finished third.

Equita’Lyon (France) hosted the third leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ after Helsinki and Oslo.
It was great sport as seven riders out of the forty starters qualified for the jump-off.

Prizegiving ceremony in Equita’
Prizegiving ceremony in Equita’France after the Longines FEI World Cup™ presented by GL Events in Equita’Lyon (France). © PSV/Equita'

After winning the qualifying class on Friday evening, French lady rider Pénélope Leprévost and Flora de Mariposa also took first place on Sunday afternoon in the Grand Prix, and the pair achieved a stunning jump-off in with a time of 40’64 in the jump-off, the pair making it two in a row after their victory in Oslo on Octobre 18 th.

“I must say I lived some magical moments in this jump-off during which Flora just sensed where the obstacles were”. - Pénélope Leprévost.

“Flora has been in excellent form recently”, Leprévost said, “I must say I lived some magical moments in this jump-off during which Flora just sensed where the obstacles were. We were like one, like there was an incredible connection between us.The partnership is really starting to gel. I can finally breathe a little easier!”

Geneviève Megret, the owner of the mare, was particularly moved by this victory: “I’m delighted and quite emotional because it was really amazing. They have not missed a trick for the last two weeks. It’s just wonderful”.
“The work we are doing with the Megret family is starting to pay off, added the rider. “We have had some highs and lows, but we took our time and our patience is bearing fruit. I can finally enjoy it and things are heading in the right direction”

Pénélope Leprévost and Flora de Mariposa
French lady-rider Pénélope Leprévost and Flora de Mariposa winning the Grand Prix in Equita’lyon (France). © PSV/Equita'

The French pair moved ahead of the German rider Christian Ahlmann Taloubet Z, who rode a second clear round in 41’27. “Taloubet jumped really well today. After his refusal in the jump-off on Friday, I adjusted a few things yesterday and he was very good today. I really wanted to win here in Lyon, but Pénélope was better on the day and I’m still happy with my second place,” he said.

Leprévost heading the provisonnal rankings

The third rider on the podium was the winner of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping in Helsinki, the Swiss rider Romain Duguet, on Quorida de Treho, who finished with a time of 42’27. “This is the first year I have been able to take part in the circuit. My coach, Thomas Fuchs, told me it would be hard to qualify in just a few competitions, but we are nearly there now”, he said. He has collected 35 points in the provisional rankings with his two performances in the three stages so far, whereas 40 points are generally needed to reach the final.

Talented Pénélope has amassed forty points with two wins, and thus ensured her qualification for the final in Göteborg next March. As such, she heads the provisional rankings in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping.

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Published 02-11-2015

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