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Leprevost lands the victory in the small Grand Prix presented by BMW in Verona

Saturday, 12 November 2016
CSI5*-W Verona 2016

Saturday’s small Grand Prix presented by BMW was won by Penelope Leprevost with Flora de Mariposa. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping. Saturday’s small Grand Prix presented by BMW was won by Penelope Leprevost with Flora de Mariposa. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

Saturday’s small Grand Prix presented by BMW at Jumping Verona, was won by France’s leading lady rider Penelope Leprevost with her Olympic mount Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light).

“This is the first bigger class she has done since Rio, so I am very happy with her,” said Leprevost after her victory. “Flora is an amazing mare!”

The 1.55m course set by Uliano Vezziani was built in a way that the fences were left very airy, with few poles. The oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination on fence number six and the white plank on number ten caused problems for many, as did the vertical on fence number four – where the riders were forced to do a tight turn. The time allowed on the other hand was set so that it did not cause any problems for the riders.

“The course in the first round was pretty difficult, it is not often we have only seven in the jump-off in these classes. I was lucky to go last in the jump-off,” Penelope commented on the class.

Alberto Zorzi (ITA) on Danique (Zento x Hamlet) went clear as start number two, and made the fantastic Italian crowd go wild. Soon after him came two more clear rounds delivered by Billy Twomey (IRL) on Diaghilev (Vangelis-S x Handstreich) and Martin Fuchs (SUI) on Pacific des Essarts (Diamant de Semilly x Totoche du Banney). The audience in Verona was really in for a treat tonight as Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) on the handsome Armitages Boy (Armitage x Feo) and Davide Sbardella (ITA) on Triomphe van Schuttershof (Oklund x Nabab de Reve) also rode clear rounds. Piergiorgio Bucci on Driandria (Carthino Z x Sheraton) looked ready to join them in the jump-off with his nice round, but a very unfortunate fault on the last fence kept him out. In the end there were seven riders in the jump-off as Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) on H&M Challenge vd Begijnakker Z (Chellano Z x Palestro vd Begijnakker) and Penelope Leprevost on Flora de Mariposa cleared the first round.

Zorzi went first in the jump-off but had to see a pole fall, followed by Twomey, who set the time to beat to 37.13 seconds. De Luca gave his all and Armitages Boy bucked away making it all look like playing in the park, stopping the clock at 42.12 seconds. However, Leprevost went in as the last rider and showed that Flora de Mariposa is back in her best shape, clocking the winning time of 36.40 seconds.

Runner-up Twomey was anyway happy with his result and said after the class: “My horse jumped great, what can I say – Flora is one of the best horses in the world.” 

 


Text and picture © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen

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