Leprevost leads French cavalry-charge at first Longines leg in Oslo 

18 Oct 2015

 

by Louise Parkes

 

French riders ran rampant at the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League in Oslo, Norway today where Penelope Leprevost came out on top with Flora de Mariposa. In a thrilling 15-horse jump-off, the 35-year-old rider and her fabulous 10-year-old mare pinned her French counterparts, Simon Delestre and Patrice Delaveau, into second and third places, while Kevin Staut also carried the French flag into fifth spot behind Germany’s Marcus Ehning.

 

A super-star start-list guaranteed a great day of sport. A total of 39 horse-and-rider combinations from 21 nations were in action, and as Show Director, Morten Aasen, said this evening “when the entries were coming in, we had 16 of the top 20 riders in the Longines rankings, so it was like a dream come true! Having such a great line-up was like having a European Championship here - but it turned into a French Championship in the end!”

 

All the hallmarks

 

The 13-fence first course carried all the hallmarks of its creator, Germany’s Frank Rothenberger, with no allowance made for the fact that this was the first serious indoor test of the season for many. Big, bold oxers and a demanding triple combination of a double of oxers followed by a vertical stretched them all the way. One of the bogeys of the class however was the narrow, but wide, oxer at fence two which put paid to many chances, while the triple bar at fence eight produced some moments of high drama.  

 

Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann almost parted company with Cantinero when the pair paddled through the poles here, and, with just five horses left to go, World No 1, Great Britain’s Scott Brash also ran into trouble when meeting this on a wrong stride with Hello Sanctos. Despite concerns about just how tough it might be during the coursewalk however, “the course turned out easier than we expected” according to Leprevost.

 

First clear

 

Ireland’s Billy Twomey led the way into the jump-off with the veteran Tinka’s Serenade who collected 12 faults, and it was Ehning who produced the first clear when fourth to run with Comme Il Faut. Once the French got going however it was all about them, Delestre scorching home with the stallion Qlassic Bois Margot in 43.38 seconds to really put it up to the rest of the field, and his fellow-countryman, Delaveau, only 0.12 seconds slower to slot into temporary second place. 

 

Try as they would, none of the rest could touch Delestre’s target-time until Leprevost set sail. She had a clear plan, and she stuck to it. “In the jump-off, most of the other riders took an inside line (around fence 13) to the double, but I went outside because I didn’t want to break the rhythm for Flora, who is anyway always fast - I think maybe that’s what made the difference” she explained. The decision paid off handsomely, with the clock showing just 43.01 seconds, an advantage of 0.37 seconds over her French rival, as she galloped through the timers. 

 

A good surprise

 

“To win today was a good surprise!” Leprevost said afterwards. “It was the first indoor of the season for Flora, she is a super mare but I didn’t know if she would be perfect indoors just yet, but she was very good”. She now plans to compete in both the third Western European League leg on home turf in Lyon, France in two weeks’ time and at the fourth leg in Verona, Italy at the beginning of November. 

 

Delestre wasn’t unhappy about having to settle for runner-up spot today. “I gave it all to the very last fence, and I could do no more. My horse has a big stride so I decided to take the inside line in the jump-off, and even if I had it all to do again I would do the same!” he said. Talking about the battle that ensued between himself and his fellow French riders, he pointed out that while they have a good team spirit, there was no love lost in trying to collect those all-important maximum qualifying points for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden next March.

 

“We are a good team and we like to help each other -  it’s a great pleasure to compete together. But we have three fast horses, and when it comes to the jump-off we like to play the game!”, he said.

 

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League now moves on to Helsinki, Finland on Sunday 25 October.

 

For further information on the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League series at Oslo, Norway visit website www.oslohorseshow.com or contact Press Officer Anton Granhus at Email press@oslohorseshow.com, Tel +47 911 77 154.

 

The second leg of the series will take place in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday 25 October 2015. For all information on the Finnish fixture go to website http://www.helsinkihorseshow.fi/ or contact Press Officer Kati Hurme-Leikkonen, Email kati.hurme@helsinkihorseshow.fi, Tel +358 40 514 4753.

 

Result: 

 

1, Flora de Mariposa (Penelope Leprevost) FRA 0/0 43.01; 2, Qlassic Bois Margot (Simon Delestre) FRA 0/0 43.36; 3, Lacrimoso 3 HDC (Patrice Delaveau) FRA 0/0 43.48; 4, Comme Il Faut (Marcus Ehning) GER 0/0 44.08; 5, Reveue de Hurtebise HDC (Kevin Staut) FRA 0/0 44.50; 6, VDL Groep Arera C (Maikel van der Vleuten) NED 0/0 49.17; 7, Clooney (Martin Fuchs) SUI 0/0 54.02; 8, Don VHP Z (Harrie Smolders) NED 0/4 44.07; 9, Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot (Eduardo Alvarez Aznar) ESP 0/4 45.87; 10, Embassy ll (Hans-Dieter Dreher) GER 0/4 46.23; 11, VDL Zirocco Blue NOP (Jur Vrieling) NED 0/4 48.02; 12, Nino des Buissonnets (Steve Guerdat) SUI 0/4 50.34; 13, Vienna Olympic (Shk. Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani) QAT 0/4 55.09; 14, Utamaro d’Escuassines (Joe Clee) GBR 0/8 49.87; 15, Tinka’s Serenade (Billy Twomey) IRL 0/12.

 

 

Facts and Figures:

 

Oslo in Norway presented the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2015 Western European League.
39 horse-and-rider combinations from 21 nations competed.
French riders filled the top three, and four of the top five places.
The winning rider was 35-year-old Penelope Leprevost from France riding the 10-year-old mare Flora de Mariposa.
This is the 38th season of FEI World Cup™ Jumping.
The Western European League consists of 11 legs, the next taking place in Helsinki, Finland next weekend.
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Final will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 23 to 28 March 2016.
7 double-clear rounds in today’s first qualifying leg in Oslo.
Course designer was Germany’s Frank Rothenberger.
A total of 15 horse-and-rider combinations qualified for the second-round jump-off against the clock.

 

Quotes:

 

Penelope Leprevost FRA (1st): “In the first round we had just one small error when we were too long at the triple bar, I wasn’t happy with that”. 

 

Patrice Delaveau (3rd): “The jump-off didn’t suit my horse with so many short turns - my horse likes to drive forward to win!”

 

Standings:

 

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League leaderboard - after Round 1 at Oslo (NOR):

 

1.    Penelope Leprevost FRA        -    20
2.    Simon Delestre FRA            -    17
3.    Patrice Delaveau FRA            -    15
4.    Marcus Ehning GER            -    13
5.    Kevin Staut FRA            -    12
6.    Maikel van der Vleuten NED        -    11
7.    Martin Fuchs SUI            -    10
8.    Harrie Smolders NED            -      9
9.    Eduardo Alvarez Aznar ESP        -      8
10.    Hans-Dieter Dreher GER        -      7
11.    Jur Vrieling NED            -      6
12.    Steve Guerdat SUI            -      5
13.    Joe Clee GBR                -      4
14.    Billy Twomey IRL            -      3
15.    Max Kuhner AUT            -      2
16.    Audrey Coulter USA            -      1

 

 
 

French rider, Penelope Leprevost, pictured with Morten Thormodsen, Brand Manager Longines Norway, after winning today’s first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League at Oslo (NOR) riding Flora de Mariposa. (FEI/Mette Sattrup)

French rider, Penelope Leprevost, pictured with Morten Thormodsen, Brand Manager Longines Norway, after winning today’s first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League at Oslo (NOR) riding Flora de Mariposa. (FEI/Mette Sattrup)

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