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Scott Brash and Hello Vincent take the victory in the CSI5*-W Longines Grand Prix of Lyon

Saturday, 30 October 2021
CSI5*-W Longines Equita Lyon 2021

Photo © PSV J. Morel Scott Brash and Hello Vincent won the CSI5*-W Longines Grand Prix of Lyon. Photo © PSV J. Morel.


Edited press release from Longines Equita Lyon



The atmosphere in Lyon was electric. And in the end, Scott Brash came out on top. As last to go in a dramatic jump-off, that counted 19 horse-and-rider combinations, Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Vincent (Consul dl Vie Z x Fergar Mail) won Friday night’s CSI5*-W 1.60m Longines Grand Prix in Lyon, France. 

Coming in as the last rider in the ring, Brash delivered another clear round in 34.32 seconds – shaving off 0.44 seconds on the time to beat set by his compatriot Holly Smith (GBR) who finished in runner-up position with Denver (Albführen's Memphis x Chico's Boy).

"It was a difficult jump-off, with a lot of riders. Fortunately, I was able to watch a few couples and, above all, I was lucky enough to be the last rider out,” Brash said. “To be honest, I was surprised to see so many clear rounds because I thought the course was pretty tricky when I assessed it. But here in Lyon, the level is always top notch. And the riders come with their best horses. I am delighted to have won and to be able to ride in front of a full house once again. We haven't experienced such an atmosphere for a long time." 

In total, seven horse-and-rider combinations produced a double clear round. Petronella Andersson (SWE) took third place with Castres van de Begijnakker (Coriano Z x Palestro van de Begijnakker) in 35.91 seconds, while Kevin Jochems (NED) finished fourth with Emmerton (Silvio I x Sam R) in 36.29 seconds and José María Larocca (BRA) fifth with Finn Lente (Gaillard de la Pomme x Colandro) in 36.36 seconds. 

Earlier in the day, Holly Smith finished on top in the CSI5*-W 1.50m Prix Groupama. Riding Fruselli (Zambesi x Karandasj), Smith was lightning fast in the second phase of the competition to stop the clock at 31.26 seconds. Julien Epaillard (FRA) followed in second place with Solero MS (Silvio I x Espri), in a time of 31.43 seconds, while third place went to Bryan Balsiger (SUI) on AK's Courage (Chepetto C x Lennon 5) who crossed the finish line in 32 seconds. 


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