French rider Simon Delestre won before his crowd the fourth leg of Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wester European League, rising to second place in the overall standings. (Photo © PSV J.Morel)
French rider Simon Delestre won before his crowd the €300,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping of CSI5* Equita Lyon, securing 150 World Ranking Points.
The course designed by Gregory Bodo presented a total of 40 pairs to play the main event of the week, where the World Ranking former leader and current world number 18 was devoted to his audience by marking an impressive 37.72 seconds in his jump-off round.
Being 11 riders classified to the jump-off round, Simon Delestre with the 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray SF x Ryon d’Anzex) owned by M. Simon Delestre and M. Philippe Berthol, showed the way to the victory before Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann, who finished in second place with the 11-year-old mare Mary Lou (Montendro x Portland L) in a time of 38.35 seconds.
For third place the Swiss Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat maintained the pace with the 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento) in 39.05 seconds, while Pieter Devos of Belgium registered the last double clear round below the barrier of 40 seconds in 39.28 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Claire Z (Clearway x Coronado) in fourth place.
Completed the Top 5 Mark McAuley of Ireland in time of 40.00 seconds accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy x Cardento).
By Pan American Ranking Lauren Hough of the United States managed to add World Ranking Points to finish in 12th place, completing the fastest 4 fouls regular round in 63.58 seconds with her effective mare of 13-year-old Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) owned by The Ohlala Group.
Turning to the Latino Ranking Yuri Mansur of Brazil also toppled a pole, but stopped the clock in 68.96 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde), a result that left him in 18th place.
One of the crowd’s great favorites and better seeded was Frenchman Kevin Staut, being out of all possibility when knocking down a fence in his regular round and finishing in 13th place with the 12-year-old gelding For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker).