Simone Blum & DSP Alice. Ph: International Longines Horse Show of Lausanne CSI5*
When Germany’s Simone Blum and the 10-year-old mare DSP Alice (Askari x Landrebell) finished 2nd in the €300,000 LGCT Grand Prix of Berlin CSI5* on July 29, their dominant performance left a lasting impression on the sport. Now, nearly two months later in Lausanne, Switzerland, the duo capitalized on their well-oiled partnership, besting a field of 44 competitors to win the €270,000 Longines Grand Prix of Lausanne CSI5*.
Their win took place on Sunday, September 17, 2017, during the final day of competition at the International Longines Horse Show of Lausanne. Italy’s Ulianno Vezzani designed the 13-obstacle-course set at a competitive 1.60m. Eleven returned to the jump off track, with Blum producing a faultless round in a leading time of 38.29s to secure the win.
“I knew Bosty was very fast, so that’s why I had to take the final risk,” said Blum. “Alice jumped amazing, and all the turns succeeded perfectly.” The two will compete next week at the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final CSIO Barcelona in Spain.
France closed out the remaining two placings on the podium. For 2nd place, Roger Yves Bost and the 11-year-old Selle Francais Mare Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa d’Elle) finished on the heels of Blum in 39.27s. A few days prior on Friday, September 15, the duo finished 1st in the €62,000 1.50m competition presented by AEM Sport, Event, & Media.
In 3rd place, Simon Delestre and the 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion Chadino ( Chacco-Blue x Narew xx) finished on zero faults with a time of 40.22s.
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