Pénélope Leprévost and Flora de Mariposa are just incredible! Having won the qualifying class on Friday evening, they also took first place this afternoon in the Longines FEI World Cup presented by GL events with a time of 40’64 in the jump-off. After their victory in the stage in Oslo, they have now also won the third stage of this prestigious circuit and ensured their qualification for the final in Göteborg next March.
In less than a month, the French rider has amassed forty points with two wins! An exceptional performance. As such, she heads the provisional rankings in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.
“Flora has been in excellent form recently! I must say I lived some magical moments in this jump-off during which Flora just sensed where the obstacles were. We were like one, like there was an incredible connection between us,” said the delighted rider.
“The partnership is really starting to gel. I can finally breathe a little easier. The work we are doing with the Megret family is starting to pay off. We have had some highs and lows, but we took our time and our patience is bearing fruit. I can finally enjoy it and things are heading in the right direction,” she explained.
Geneviève Megret, the owner of the mare, was particularly moved by this victory: “I’m delighted and quite emotional because it was really amazing. They have not missed a trick for the last two weeks. It’s just wonderful.”
The French couple moved ahead of the German rider Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z, who rode a second clear round in 41’27. “Taloubet jumped really well today. After his refusal in the jump-off on Friday, I adjusted a few things yesterday and he was very good today. I really wanted to win here in Lyon, but Pénélope was better on the day and I’m still happy with my second place,” he said.
The third rider on the podium was the winner of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping in Helsinki, the Swiss rider Romain Duguet, on Quorida de Treho, who finished with a time of 42’27. “This is the first year I have been able to take part in the circuit. My coach, Thomas Fuchs, told me it would be hard to qualify in just a few competitions, but we are nearly there now,” he said.
He has amassed 35 points in the provisional rankings with his two performances in the three stages so far, whereas 40 points are generally needed to reach the final.
Seven riders qualified for the jump-off out of the forty starters in this select Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix presented by GL events. We can particularly note the fine fourth place achieved by the regional rider Julien Gonin, on Soleil de Cornu CH, a son of Qredo de Paulstra.
The performance did not go unnoticed by the French national coach, who was delighted with the weekend’s work: “Overall, we can be pretty satisfied. What mattered was to perform well in the Grand Prix, and we had four couples in the top eight. We couldn’t have dreamed of better on our home turf, particularly with Pénélope’s win. Julien came into the team late and I decided to put in the qualifying class; when you see his two clear rounds in the World Cup, it is a good omen for the future.”
Sylvie Robert, the Director of the Equestrian Department at GL events, also praised the performance of the young French recruit: “With Thierry Pomel and Philippe Guerdat, it was just our impulse to invite Julien. Julien is a friend, so I’m doubly delighted with his excellent performance.”
With four points in the jump-off and a time of 41’65, Simon Delestre and Qlassic Bois Margot finished fifth, which places them in fourth position in the provisional rankings of the Longines FEI World Cup on 29 points.