Gregory Wathelet penalized but wins the Longines Speed Challenge in Paris.

Despite being penalized by 2 seconds the Belgian rider in speed class, he managed to make their court fast enough to easily overcome Britain Jessica Mendoza and France’s Roger Yves Bost. (Photo © Longines Masters Paris)


For the speed class never know what can happen if you are going fast enough to overcome a group of 35 participants with a penalty of 2 seconds, lived event today at the Masters Longines in Paris with Belgian Gregory Wathelet.

Gregory Wathelet in the round of victory.


About the 11 years old gelding Egano van het Slogenhof (Electro x Nagano) owned by Stephex Stables, Wathelet stopped the clock at an astonishing 58.18 seconds being penalized two seconds for a total of 60.18, enough time for accreditation the victory that allowed him to 33,000 Euros and 100 points valid World Ranking.


The second place went to the British rider Jessica Mendoza and Ramiro de Belle Vue (Mozart Des Hayettes x Capricieux Des Six Censes), 14-year old stallion with which completed its field in 61.32 seconds, followed by the Frenchman Roger Yves Bost “Bosty “which ran with the same penalty of 2 seconds on the 59.50 with which completed its round, totaling 61.50 seconds with the 12 years old Pegase du Murier (Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly) to take third place.

Jessica Mendoza take the second place.

With another good performance achieved by the Swiss Steve Guerdat soon seen in the equestrian jumping competitions and more at this level, when included in the group of the top 4 for a second class, after equalized early in the third position, for repeat the feat of the draw now in the room, stopping the clock at 61.88 seconds with 9 year old mare Albfuehren’s Happiness (Heartbeat x Lambrusco Ask), same situation ran as Kevin Staut of France world number 14 with his 9 years old mare called Ayade of Septon Et HDC (Wandor go Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy) in the same time of 61.88 seconds.

No matter what he does today Steve Guerdat finished tied in both cases.

The speedy Ireland Bertram Allen always protagonist in speed class, failed to score a time that placed him in the split high of the table, this time settling in sixth position with Quiet Easy 4 (Quidam’s Rubin x Zapateado). For his part, World ranking leader Scott Brash is retired from the competition with Hello Annie (Contendro I x For Pleasure), failing to perform his mare.

Roger Yves Bost with his characteristic way of riding.

By the most prominent Latino Brazilian Pedro Veniss was third in the Latino Ranking compete with the mare Anaya Ste Hervelle (Andiamo x Paladin des Ifs), completing its round in 64.11 seconds for the 14th place. His countryman Bernardo Alves in section 23 did in aggregate 69.32 seconds.


Final Results €100,000 Longines Speed Challenge CSI5* 1.45m