h. Longines Masters of Paris
Julien Epaillard won the opening CSI5* competition of the Longines Masters of Paris on Friday, December 1, 2016 at the Parc des Expositions in Villepinte, France. The French rider took victory in the €7,500 Absolu Conciergerie Trophy, a 1.45m class against the clock designed by Uliano Vezzani.
Epaillard rode the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding Quatrin de la Roque (Quick Star X Kannan) in the fastest time of 63.45 seconds over the single-round track, which served as a warm up class of sorts for a big week of competition to come.
No one managed to get close to Epaillard’s time as fellow Frenchman and eventual runner up Simon Delestre and the 10-year-old Selle Français gelding Sultán du Château (Kannan gte Kwpn X Galoubet A) finished their round in 72.53 seconds, almost 9 seconds slower than the winning combination.
Irish rider Denis Lynch finished in 3rd place aboard the 9-year-old BWP stallion Ho Go van de Padenborre (Darco X Chin Chin), stopping the timers in 76.36 seconds. His was the third of just three clear rounds in the class of 45 starters.
Just after Lynch, France’s Pénélope Leprévost and the 11-year-old SBS stallion Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo D Arsouilles Stx X For Pleasure) earned 4th place, scoring a time fault in a time of 82.12 seconds while 5th place went to Canada’s Kara Chad who as Leprévost didn’t touched a pole but earned time faults. Chad rode the 10-year-old BWP gelding Gin Tonic v.Haagakkers (Labor’s Vdl Indorado X Saros van het Gestelhof) scoring 2 time faults in 86.94 seconds.
See full results here.