Equita’Lyon CSI-W*****: The French in Top Shape

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The big hero of the day in jumping is French: His name is Roger-Yves Bost. The Frenchman does things his own way. It was imperative to "run fast" in order to win this Prix Generali FFE, a 1,50m table A class against the clock. That's what the silver team medallist pair from Lexington, Patrice Delaveau and Katchina Mail, did. Bosty then had to find another way and jump a wheelbarrow full of flowers which stood in a turn: "I think this is what made the difference, because otherwise I took exactly the same way as Patrice - and he was very fast." The crowd liked it and gave the French entertainer a standing ovation. Bosty will always be Bosty!

The national anthem of Brazil celebrated the victory of Alvaro de Miranda riding AD Norson in the second class of the CSI 5* of Lyon, The Prix Rhône-Alps. It’s the sixth international victory for the 9 year-old French horse this year including three 5 star classes and a 2 star Grand Prix in France. This was a very fast speed class and in order to beat three Frenchmen, the Brazilian had to take many risks with very short turns in full speed: ”But it’s so important to win here, in one of the most prestigious event of the international circuit. It is not an easy business to win here as all the riders, the best of the world, have the same goal.”

On Saturday, things will get very serious in a 1,50m class with a prizemoney of 50.000€ and the Equita Masters in particular, presented by GPA, who will predominate the evening. This class will have two 1,60m rounds and will be carried out by 14 riders, namely the two best riders from seven different nations according to the world rankings. Will Hickstead and Eric Lamaze keep the title they held in 2009?

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Isabell Werth Confirms Yesterday’s Victory
It was a wonderful evening, at the end of which Isabell Werth added one more World Cup victory to her endless list, the second victory this season. Even though Warum Nicht does not have the radiance of Gigolo, Isabell’s superstar of the 90s, he still allows the German idol to remain one of the best riders of the world.

“Hannes (the nickname in Warum Nicht’s stables) was more attentive tonight. One little mistake, otherwise there is nothing to add”, says the German champion who is satisfied with the good work that practically qualified her for the final. This allows her to introduce her young horses El Santo and Don Johnson, both 9-year-olds who are anxious to be part of the big scene, to the World Cup. The audience did not contest the incontestable fact and applauded the German leader of this event.

Tonight's runner-up is also German: Ulla Salzberger’s horse Herzruf has to mature a little in order to win against Warum Nicht aka Hannes. Yes, with 11 years of age, a horse is still very young in dressage! It’s also the age of the Marc Boblet’s horse Whitni Star, that showed his best World Cup performance so far with an 8th place and an average of 70%.

Valentina Truppa, riding Chablis, from Italy, caused quite a stir tonight with a third place in her very first participation in a World cup competition.

Results: http://results.sportcg.net/lyon

Photos: Roger-Yves Bost,  Hickstead and Eric Lamaze
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