Gregory Cottart. ph: Sportfot
For any rider, their first victory at the Longines Masters of Paris is always a landmark moment.
On Thursday, November 30, 2017, that reality came true for France’s Grégory Cottard, who came out triumphant in the Masters One Asia Horse Week CSI5* competition aboard the 12-year-old Selle Francais mare Régate d’Aure (Robin II Z x Drakkar Des Hutins).
Thirty four horse and rider combinations took to the opening day track at the Masters event, which highlight’s in Sunday’s Longines Grand Prix. As the 22nd pair to go in the competition against the clock, Cottard and Régate put up an unbeatable time of 58.26s to secure the win and top the leaderboard.
The United States took 2nd place, with Lauren Hough and the ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding Quantas 15 (Quintero x Laurin) crossing the timers in 59.77s.
Alexandra Pailllot and the ten-year-old Selle Francais gelding Tonio la Goutelle (Ogrion Des Champs x El Paso Platiere) closed out the podium placings with a 3rd place time of 60.27s.
The full results can be viewed here.