Frenchman Julien Epaillard took an important victory at the Longines FEI World Cup in London, eighth leg in the Western European League. (Photo © olympiahorseshow.com)
French rider Julien Epaillard won the eighth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League, climbing to 15th place.
With a total of 13 legs for the Western European League, the eighth leg was played today at the Olympia London International Horse Show and victory for Frenchman Julien Epaillard in an impressive jump-off round.
Being only 4 riders classified on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, the Frenchman Julien Epaillard showed his customary speed to stop the clock in 36.91 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Toupin de la Roque (Kannan x Nabab de Reve) owned by Sarl Top Stallions Company, representing its second effective League result to accumulate 28 points in 15th place.
Also Julien Epaillard assuring 130 World Ranking Points with his victory, he surpassed the home favorite rider and former World Ranking leader Scott Brash, completing his jump-off in 37.34 seconds with the 16-year-old mare Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) owned by Lady P Harris & Lady P Kirkham.
For third place Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia finished in 41.05 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Inca Boy van T Vianahof (Diamant de Semilly x Cash) and closed the fourth jump-off riders the Sweden Peder Fredricson accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados) in 41.34 seconds.
The fifth place for the eighth leg of the European league was world number 3 Kevin Staut of France, who marked the best regular round time with 4 fouls in 64.53 seconds next to the 11-year-old stallion Silver Deux de Virton HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker).
In this opportunity the class that distributed €160,000 had the only representative of the Pan American Ranking Laura Kraut of the United States, finishing in the 16th place in a field of 4 fouls and 68.47 seconds next to the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact me x Cambridge).
After completing eight legs the lead goes to Edwina Tops-Alexander with a cumulative of 50 points, second place Frenchman Kevin Staut with the same 50 points, but better results of the Australian rider place it in first and third Steve Guerdat of Switzerland with 43 points.