What do the French think of Hermes?

Paris: From fast Italians and dominant French

At the Longines Masters in Paris today it was the local riders who dominated the Grand Prix - much to the delight of the French public! As the best German, Christian Ahlmann jumped to sixth place. In the time competition, the “mad Italian” Emanuele Gaudiano didn't give the competition a chance.

A completely French podium in the Grand Prix - from the hosts' point of view, the Longines Masters could not have ended better. The victory went to Simon Delestre. On his 14-year-old Hermes Ryan, the French prevailed in the jump-off against the competition from his own country. The experienced couple galloped over the finish line after 35.34 seconds - and were then able to receive 99,000 euros in prize money.

“Hermes Ryan is naturally very quick on the ground. In fact, I won the jump-off between the jumps and kept my plan for the distances, but rode very fast turns, ”said the French championship rider, revealing his recipe for success.

Only a few hundredths more needed team Olympic champion Kevin Staut for the jump-off course. He sat in the saddle of the Belgian gelding For Joy van’t Zorgvliet, which he has been presenting in international sport for seven years. After 35.65 seconds, the clock stopped for the two of them. With that, Staut sat ahead of his teammate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Roger Yves Bost. On Sangria du Coty he managed a clear round in 36.05 seconds.

Six riders had reached the jump-off, including Christian Ahlmann and Take A Chance On Me Z. In the second round, however, the two had two drops and were sixth. Daniel Deußer and Jasmien van de Bisschop had already collected eight fault points in the normal parcous.

Quick, quicker, Emanuele!

In the time competition in Paris, victory went to the Italian Emanuele Gaudiano with Carlotta. (© EEM)

The Speed ​​Challenge was held in Paris late on Saturday evening, a time jump over 1.50 meters. No other couple was faster here than Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta, who needed 60.48 seconds for their lap. This was a little bit a German success, because the ten-year-old Chaccomo daughter was born to Paul Schockemöhle at the Lewitz stud. “I am very lucky to be able to ride such an extraordinary mare. Every round with her is a pleasure, ”said the delighted Italian after his victory, for which there was 33,000 euros in prize money.

Places two and three were made up of two Olympic champions: First, Steve Guerdat (SUI) had to present with Ulysse des Forets - and the Swiss did that too: A clear round in 61.98 seconds even gave him the interim lead. In the end, however, he not only had to give way to Gaudiano, but also to Eric Lamaze. On his current top horse Fine Lady, the Canadian managed a fast lap in 61.37 seconds.

Since Gaudiano and Carlotta had already won the Speed ​​Challenge at the Longines Masters in Lausanne (Switzerland) earlier this year, they even got a bonus: a brand new Land Rover. One can only hope that the Italian does not accelerate as much at the wheel as he does in the saddle ...

All results from Paris can be found here.

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