Frenchman Julien Epaillard and his horse Cristallo A LM dominated the speed class to the first day close at the CSI5* Longines Masters in Paris. (Photo © Olympus Digital Camera)
French rider Julien Epaillard was unbeatable in the Longines Speed Challenge, closing the first day of the Longines Masters of Paris.
Showing his customary speed, Julien Epaillard guided the group of 27 pairs on course designed by Louis Konickx, stopping the clock in 58.99 seconds and penalized with 2 more seconds, to be evaluated by Table C and ensuring 100 World Ranking points with his first place.
Appearing with the 13-year-old gelding Cristallo A LM (Casall x Corofino I) owned by Laiterie de Montaigu, the French rider Julien Epaillard completed his unbeatable field against his countryman and world number 3 Kevin Staut with his 11-year-old mare Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy), who finished in 61.65 seconds.
After completing one-two for the home rider, the third place finished was in power of world number 4 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, being his time of 63.53 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Limestone Gray (Try-Time ), while completing the Top 5 Leopold van Asten of Holland in fourth place with the 10-year-old mare VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (Chacco-Blue x Aldatus) in 63.96 seconds and fifth place for Edward Levy of France in 66.05 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Rafale d’Hyverniere (Chef Rouge x Le Plantero).
For the Pan American Ranking the four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze occupied the 16th place, completing a global of 70.92 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Chacco Kid (Chacco Blue x Come On), only one finishing within the points. Also participating American riders Andrew Kocher finishing 19th with the 11-year-old mare Artemise du Houssoit (Sherman Sitte x Ksar-Sitte), Reed Kessler with the 11-year-old mare Christy 3 (Christiano x Arpeggio) ranked 21st, Lauren Hough followed in 22nd place with the 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) and two-time Olympic medalist Laura Kraut escorting her in 23rd place with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge).