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Emirates Gold Cup to Kevin Staut at Longines Masters of Los Angeles

Sunday, 02 October 2016
CSI5* Longines Masters of Los Angeles 2016

Kevin Staut with Elky van het Indihof HDC. Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle for World of Showjumping. Kevin Staut with Elky van het Indihof HDC. Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle for World of Showjumping.

On Friday they were runners-up in the Longines Speed Challenge, on Saturday they went all the way to the top in the Emirates Gold Cup at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles: Kevin Staut and Elky van het Indihof HDC (Toulon x Thunder van de Zuuethoeve) are definitely in top form. 

The 1.55m competition with a winning round had 24 horses and riders in it, and ten of the best moved on to race against the clock. 

The French riders were a domination force in this class, with three of them filling up the podium. Staut was the fastest one in the winning round with a time of 35.52 seconds. Hot on his heels was Simon Delestre on Chesall Zimequest (Casall x Concerto II), who crossed the finish line on a time of 35.79 seconds. Third place went to another in-form couple; Julien Epaillard on his home bred Diamant de Semilly-son Safari d'Auge stopping the clock on 36.04 seconds.

Earlier in the day, the 1.45m City of Long Beach Trophy went to Switzerland's Steve Guerdat on Concetto Son (Concetto x Drosselklang II). Almost a second behind Guerdat's time in the jump-off was Ireland's Denis Lynch on Ho Go van de Padenborre (Darco x Chin Chin) while third place was taken care of by Swiss rider Jane Richard Philips on Calinesse de Guldenboom (Contact van de Heffinck x Orlando). 


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Tiffany Van Halle for World of Showjumping

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