Irish rider Mark McAuley surprised in the CSI5* Equita Lyon when surpassing a nourished group of great stars, being escorted by Olympic medalists Steve Guerdat of Switzerland and Penelope Leprevost of France. Lauren Hough of the United States in fourth place. (Photo © Psv Photo)
The first day of CSI5* Equita Lyon in France ended with the surprising victory of Irish rider Mark McAuley in the €100,000 Longines Grand Prix.
After completing a regular round with 49 pairs, 13 riders got their classification on course designed by Frenchman Gregory Bodo and this time they were commanded by the Irishman Mark McAuley with his 13-year-old gelding Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy x Cardento) owned by Eva Lundin.
Adding 100 World Ranking points in his personal account of Mark McAuley, he had the difficult task of overcoming several Olympic medalists and also several of the best riders in the world, being second by Swiss gold medalist Steve Guerdat with his 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento) owned by Elias Std Farm in time of 34.77 seconds and third place was occupied by crowd’s favorite and also Olympic medalist Penelope Leprevost of France, being her time of 34.97 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo D Arsouilles x For Pleasure).
By Pan American Ranking Lauren Hough of the United States stood out in fourth place accompanied by her very effective 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) owned by The Ohlala Group, registering a time of 35.33 seconds to stay with 60 World Ranking Points, while fifth place finished in power of Frenchman Julien Gonin with the 11-year-old gelding Soleil de Cornu CH (Qredo of Paulstra x Le Tot de Semilly) in 35.80 seconds.
Several of the jump-off riders were Christian Ahlmann of Germany finishing sixth, Peder Fredricson of Sweden occupying eighth place, Alberto Zorzi of Italy ninth, Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain with the best time of the tiebreaker in 34.06 seconds plus 4 fouls at 11th and the former World Ranking leader Simon Delestre of France closing the tiebreak in 13th place.
Turning to the Latino Ranking Yuri Mansur of Brazil ended with the best result in 21st place, accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) and ending his regular round in 4 fouls. For its part, the Latino Ranking Leader Pedro Veniss from Brazil accumulated the 4 fouls in 24th position with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) and Colombian riders Rene López with the 13-year-old gelding Con Dios III ( Colman x Romino) finished of 37th with 9 fouls and also Colombian Carlos Lopez was presented with the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) to finish with 41st accumulating 12 fouls.
The best seed of the class and world number 3 French Kevin Staut, not achieving a good presentation with his 16-year-old gelding Rever de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux des 6 Censes), completing 12 fouls his presentation and occupy the 39th position.