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Julien Epaillard and Donatello d'Auge win the CSIO5* 1.50m Severs Breeman Prize at CHIO Rotterdam

Saturday, 25 June 2022
CHIO Rotterdam 2022

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ
"He is simply a fantastic horse; he has scope, he is careful – I really like him," Julien Epaillard told WoSJ about Donatello d'Auge after the pair topped Saturday's CSIO5* 1.50m Severs Breeman Prize at CHIO Rotterdam. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Saturday's CSIO5* 1.50m Severs Breeman Prize at CHIO Rotterdam went to Julien Epaillard (FRA) and his home-bred Donatello d'Auge (Jarnac x Hello Pierville). 

With Marcus Ehning (GER) and Calanda (Calido I x Chasseur I) posting the first clear round, ten out of the 39 participants in the class cleared the first-round track and joined the deciding jump-off. In the jump-off, Ehning was joined by Douglas Lindelöw (SWE) on Charlie's Way (Chacco-Blue x Robin Z), Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) on Cous Cous (Cachas x Lasino), Epaillard on Donatello d'Auge, Kevin Jochems (NED) on Casillas van de Helle (Casall x Corrado I), Jos Verlooy (BEL) on Nixon van'T Meulenhof (Denzel van'T Meulenhof x Carthago), Pieter Clemens (BEL) on Malibu de Wiqui (Nabab de Reve x Tinka's Boy), Jaime Marsh (GBR) on My Jewel's Magic Touch (Stakkato x Dominard), Jack Whitaker (GBR) on Q Pavarotti N (Quality Time TN x Indoctro) and Ioli Mytilineou (GRE) on Levis de Muze (Elvis Ter Putte x Tinka's Boy). 

Epaillard started in top gear in the jump-off, leaving a stride out from fence one to two and stopped the clock on 31.26 seconds – a time that ended up being unbeatable. Pieter Clemens on Malibu de Wiqui got the closest, taking the runner-up position with a time of 32.02, while Dreher finished third, Verlooy fourth and Whitaker fifth. 

"Donatello is our own home breeding, and this is the third time he jumps a 1.50m class – and the third time he wins a jump-off," Epaillard told World of Showjumping after his victory. "He is nine now and I really believe in him. I try to take it slow with him this year, so that I will have a superstar for next year." 

"From one to two I did eight strides," Epaillard explained about his winning jump-off. "It was maybe a little bit risky, but it worked. I lost a bit of time at the second last jump, because I was already thinking ahead, about the distance to the last fence. However, Donatello is a naturally fast horse, so I was still quick enough. He is simply a fantastic horse; he has scope, he is careful – I really like him." 

Jodie Hall McAteer (GBR) and Mademoiselle-A (Corland x Cardento) won Saturday morning's CSIO5* 1.45m Boels Prize. With a time of 63.66, Hall McAteer was the quickest of the 14 starters. Antonio Alfonso (ITA) on Harrie (Harmony x Aramis Z) took the runner-up position, while Jens Fredricson (SWE) on Karmel van de Watering (Diamant de Semilly x Quick Star) placed third, Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli (SWE) on Kendrick (Kannan x Quattro) fourth and Pieter Devos (BEL) on Irona van de Viking Z (Iron Man van de Padenborre x Catango Z) fifth. 

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