With just three jump-off qualified to the Grand Prix, Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia led the group followed by Penelope Leprevost and Bertram Allen. Participation of Carlos López and Pedro Veniss. (Photo © Christophe Bricot)
The Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander led a masterful way to win the €400,000 Grand Prix Hermès, before an audience that aroused her representative, but ultimately the winner made them yield at their feet.
Qualifying Tops-Alexander, France’s Penelope Leprevost and Bertram Allen of Ireland, CSI 5* Saut Hermès Au Grand Palais in a full-length, watched the only man to return first and knowing the skill of his two opponents, had to implant a time that forced to fault, but in the end Allen with 13-year-old mare Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier) owned by Ballywalter Farms, demolished a pole to completing its field in 4 faults and 39.20 seconds. The public stood Leprevost with 12-year-old stallion Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo D Arsouilles Stx x For Pleasure) owned by Madame Genevieve Megret and as a movie script, the host rider stopped the clock her clear round in 41.44 seconds, going on to command the competition in a deafening noise by the public.
With an atmosphere of celebration in the stands, after the performance of Penelope, entered the Australian knowing that there was no room for mistakes in the fast round and gradually retraced each jump perfectly, the course was very similar to Leprevost, situation that generated more tension in the people when the final jump arrived and Edwina with 10-year-old mare California (L’Esprit x Libero H) owned by American Equestrian Associates Ii, Llc, passed in an absolute silence that became a strength of applause, after the blackboard marked 41.36 seconds decreeing the victory, that was worth 150 World Ranking points and a prize of €132,000 for the first position.
The fourth and fifth place was occupied by the Germans Ludger Beerbaum and Christian Alhmann, with fields of more faster 4 faults regular round, while his fellowmen, best seed of the competition and world number 1 Daniel Deusser, ended a disastrous course of 12 fouls in 30th position.
For the Latin Ranking their two representatives Carlos López of Colombia with Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) and Pedro Veniss of Brazil with Quabri de l’ISle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre) faced so many difficulties in their respective fields and both chose to retire.