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French victory at the first leg of the Longines EEF Series 2021

Saturday, 24 April 2021
CSIO3* Gorla Minore 2021

Photo © Aurelien Leroy and Croqsel de Blaignac jumped a double clear round for the French team. Photo ©


Edited press release from EEF



A beautiful spring day in Italy provided the perfect setting for the first leg of the Longines EEF Nations Cup Series 2021, at the tree-fringed arena of the Equieffe Equestrian Centre in Gorla Minore. 

Despite the difficult circumstances, caused by the overlapping misfortunes of Covid-19 and the EHV-1 outbreak, the Equieffe Equestrian Centre in Gorla Minore kept its head high during the first important European Nations Cup competition of the year. Riders and staff helped to ensure a successful start in full respect of the restrictions imposed by the FEI. 

Forty-four pairs from eleven teams competed in the wonderful Equinoxe Arena, and best of them was France. The French quartet closed off with an overall total score of four faults, thanks to strong performances from all their riders: Marie Demonte on Vega de la Roche (Diamant de Semilly x Baloubet du Rouet) had a score of 4-0, Sebastien Duplant on Alpha de Preuilly (Pacha de Preuilly x Cento) a score of 0-4 and Olivier Robert on Ilena de Mariposa (Berlin x For Pleasure) a score of 4-0 while Aurelien Leroy on Croqsel de Blaignac (Ugano Sitte x Rubynea) did a double clear round.

Joining France on the podium was Great Britain, that finished in second place with six faults, while the Czech Republic ended third with 11 faults.

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