Rolf-Goran Bengtsson wins Longines Grand Prix in Lyon…

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall ASK ph. J. Morel

After Oslo and Helsinki, Lyon is the third stage on the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping circuit for the Western European League. Friday was the setting for the Longines Grand Prix, a qualifying trial for the prestigious World Cup Grand Prix on Sunday.

Created in 1978, the FEI World Cup circuit has been visiting Equita since 2009. For this major international event, 7 of the world’s Top 10 riders have made the trip to Lyon to try and earn valuable points in view of reaching the Final in Las Vegas next April.

The French rider Pénélope Leprevost, team silver medallist at the World Championships, had the tricky task of opening proceedings for this trial. On Vagabond de la Pomme, she rode a clear round, setting the example for those to follow. Out of the 48 starters, 19 couples managed to qualify for the jump-off.

The 2011 European Champion, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson put in an amazing time on his faithful companion Casall Ask. Re-controlling his horse strongly on the approach to the 5th vertical, the Swedish rider managed to gain a fraction of time and take first place in this trial which counts for the Longines Ranking. After him, no couple managed to improve on the time. Having been unlucky at the World championships, just missing out on the podium in the individual event, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask made a winning return at Equita. Billy Twomey (IRL) and Diaghilev finished second, with Simon Delestre (FRA) and Ryan des Hayettes in third place.

“My horse was fantastic, really fantastic. Ryan is exceptional, both in terms of his size and his power. He is only 9 but he has already made some great performances, such as the World Cup in Göteborg” said Simon Delestre, the best performing French rider. “He is really special in terms of his quality, and his mentality; as you saw with the second to last obstacle, the stride was really short, but I trusted him and it worked. Tomorrow, he will be competing in the Equita Masters presented by Equidia Life, and Qlassic Bois Margot, who made two clear rounds in the trial this morning, will be starting the World Cup Grand Prix on Sunday.”

Source: Equita Lyon

Int. jumping competition with jump-off (1.50 – 1.60 m) FEI Art. 238.2.2 – CSI5* – 1 horse per athlete
Competition counts for LONGINES ranking listQualification for Equita Masters competition no. 11 – Qualification for the LONGINES FEI World CupTM Grand Prix competition no. 14

1. 250 Casall Ask Bengtsson, Rolf-Göran SWE 25000.00 EU 0 penalties 41.94 sec
bay 15y.S /Caretino/Lavall I/HOLST/GER27997/ Verband der Züchter des Holsteiner jump-off
2. 254 Diaghilev Twomey, Billy IRL 20000.00 EU 0 penalties 42.26 sec
bay 11y.G /Vangelis S/Handstreich/SHBGB/102MH66/ Mr C T Payne jump-off
3. 172 Ryan des Hayettes Delestre, Simon FRA 15000.00 EU 0 penalties 42.67 sec
chest 9y.G /Hugo Gesmeray SF/SF/103GL81/ M. Simon Delestre Et M. Philippe Be jump-off
4. 137 Vagabond de la Pomme Leprevost, Pénélope FRA 10000.00 EU 0 penalties 43.42 sec
bay 9y.S /Vigo d’Arsouilles/SBS/103IL63/ Madame Genevieve Megret jump-off
5. 202 Status Pessoa, Rodrigo BRA 7000.00 EUR 0 penalties 44.31 sec
dbay 10y.G /Satisfaction/Sao Paulo/HANN/103CT41/ Rodgrigo Pessoa & Pessoa Stables jump-off
6. 268 Dimaro v.d. Looise Heide Kingsrod, Dag Ove NOR 5500.00 EUR 0 penalties 48.19 sec
bay 11y.G /Kashmir Van Schuttershof/Flamenco Desemilly/BWP/103FS38/ Kingsrød Trad jump-off
7. 169 Ego van Orti Tops-Alexander, Edwina AUS 4000.00 EUR 0 penalties 49.88 sec
bay 10y.G /Vigo d’Arsouilles/Darco/BWP/102OP34/ Tops Horse Trading BV & Edwina To jump-off
8. 112 Carinjo HDC Delaveau, Patrice FRA 3000.00 EUR 4 penalties 40.43 sec
bay 13y.S /Cascavelle/Landgraf I/HOLST/102ON79/ Haras Des Coudrettes jump-off
9. 104 Baros Schwizer, Pius SUI 3000.00 EUR 4 penalties 40.48 sec
grey 8y.M /Casco/Larino/KWPN/103MX85/ Schwizer Pius jump-off
10. 184 Reveur de Hurtebise HDC Staut, Kevin FRA 2500.00 EUR 4 penalties 42.38 sec
chest 13y.G /Kashmir van Schuttershof/Capricieux Des Six Censes/SBS/SWE40272/ Har jump-off
11. 121 Ohlala Hough, Lauren USA 2500.00 EUR 4 penalties 42.69 sec
bay 10y.M /Orlando/Cardento/SWB/102ST09/ The Ohlala Group jump-off
12. 142 Red Star d’Argent Alvarez Moya, Sergio ESP 2500.00 EUR 4 penalties 43.69 sec
bay 9y.S /Quick Star, Sfa/SF/103DS91/ Alvarez Moya Horse S.L. jump-off