Penelope Leprevost takes the BMW Cup in Verona.

The Frenchman set the course in the tiebreaker with the mare Flora de Mariposa to beat the Irish Billy Twomey with advantage of 63 hundredths of a second. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)


After a big downfall at the Rio Olympic Games, French rider Penelope Leprevost has been slowly picking up the pace with good results and today was no exception with a great win in the BMW Cup at CSI 5* Jumping Verona.

In a class that included 42 pairs for the regular round, only 7 returned to the tiebreaker and the winner got a time of 36.40 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light) owned by Madame Genevieve Megret to getting 80 World Ranking points and €15,450.

Without major enemies, Leprevost had only to wrestle a fight for the first place with Irishman Billy Twomey and his 13-year-old gelding Diaghilev (For Pleasure x Power Light) owned by Mr C Payne, in a one-two of For Pleasure sons, leaving Twomey distanced from the first by 63 hundredths of a second, before a perfect strategy raised by the winner.

The Top 5 were occupied by three home riders with Lorenzo de Luca taking possession of the third place and 14-year-old stallion Armitages Boy (Armitage x Feo) in time of 42.14 seconds to be very distant of the French. Davide Sbardella and Triomphe van Schuttershof were fourth in the standings with a time of 43.27 seconds, while fifth place was Alberto Zorzi and 8-year-old mare Danique (Zento x Hamlet) in round of 4 fouls and 38.59 seconds.

Again the luck was not accompanied to the best seed of the competition, Christian Alhmann from Germany and number 1 of the world, finished in 32th place with Aragon Z (Askari x Kolibri) when fall down two poles in the regular round. Simon Delestre of France, number  2 of the World-wide Ranking, finished in the position 12th with Classic Bois Margot (L’arc de Triomphe x Galoubet To) when totalizing 4 faults in its presentation.


Final Results