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Penelope Leprevost leads the way in the Championat von Leipzig

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Penelope Leprevost and Flora de Mariposa made it another French win in Leipzig. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.The French are on fire in Leipzig! After Kevin Staut took home the biggest class of the five star event yesterday, Penelope Leprevost made sure that the French dominance continued today as she won the Championat von Leipzig on Flora de Mariposa (For Pleasure x Power Light). Yesterday’s runner-up position in the 1.45 speed class proved to be the perfect warm-up for France’s leading lady rider who rode a tremendous second round on Geneviève Megret’s nine year old mare. “Yesterday Kevin won, and today it’s me – so it’s a good show for the French riders,” Penelope smiled after winning a Citröen.

The first round set at 1.50 meters saw eleven of the 49 riders go clear over the thirteen fence track designed by Frank Rothenberger and Christian Wiegand. Faults spread out, but quite a few riders had trouble in the triple combination midway at 7abc – and had one or more down there.

Runner-up Henrik von Eckermann on Gotha FRH.Home rider Lars Nieberg opened up the jump-off on Casalora (Casall x Lennon), and put pressure on the rest when he rode a nice and quick clear to slot in on the time of 35.17 seconds – eventually good enough for fourth. Daniel Deusser also went clear on Fyloe vh Claeyssenhof (Burggraaf x Heartbreaker) right behind Nieberg on the time 35.46.

Next in the ring was another home rider; Jan Wernke. On the impressive nine year old Forry Deluxe – also a horse by For Pleasure and owned by Wernke’s grandmother – the German rider set off in top gear, determined to take the lead. And so he did when he crossed the finish line on 34.83 to the roar from the home crowd. It was a great performance from the 24 year old rider who has produced the stallion himself riding Forry Deluxe since he was a four year old.

After two riders with poles down, it was time for Penelope Leprevost. Penelope is known for her fearless jump-offs, and today was no exception as she started by getting a perfect turn to the second oxer, then leaving out a stride on the line following it before she got a great turn to the combination as well as to the next oxer – and then on the last line consisting of a vertical-vertical she yet again left out a stride on her very quick chestnut mare to take the lead on 32.81 seconds!

Jan Wernke impressed on Forry Deluxe to end third.The remaining five riders tried to catch her, but none of them could. Closest came last-to-go Henrik von Eckermann who set off in high speed on Gotha FRH (Goldfever x Pilot), chasing Penelope’s time in every stride – but despite his efforts the Swedish rider had to settle for second at 33.02 seconds.


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