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Ville de Lausanne Trophy : A beautiful family story!

Saturday, 22 June 2019
CSI5* Longines Masters of Lausanne 2019

Photo © Longines Masters The podium in the Ville de Lausanne Trophy: Philippe Rozier, Thierry Rozier and Alain Jufer with Christophe Ameeuw. Photo © Longines Masters.

 

Press release from Longines Masters

 


 

Friday's most challenging event of Longines Masters of Lausanne commenced: The Ville de Lausanne Trophy. But for the two Rozier brother, Philippe and Thierry, it was also an exciting tale of sibling rivalry. In the end, it was oldest who took the top step. 

“It's a very special win for me, as Rahotep de Toscane is back from a difficult year and a half after an injury. This is the first CSI5 * he's competed in since 2017. Also, we won as a pair with the team at the Rio Olympic Games, so to compete together is very important to me. The story is beautiful, the scenario is perfect. This is the first time that the both of us, Thierry and I, are on the top steps of a CSI5* podium, or even for just any international competition! I am very happy to share the podium with him!”

Thierry was, of course, equally thrilled. Said Thierry, “I am delighted. Philippe gained time in the middle of the course, in the very tight curve between the vertical and the oxer. Not very many really played with that line, so I'm really happy for him. It's a very nice result for him and Rahotep. I am very happy to share the podium with Philippe, we obviously prefer to keep it in the family. At least to the two most beautiful steps! (laughs) Vénézia is doing very well, I am very careful to keep her in good condition because she is my only mare. I wasn't sure if I was going to really go for it, and then, finally, I let myself be tempted. It ended up being a good idea because she jumped very well!”

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, savored the marvelous moment of sport achieved by the two Rozier brothers. "It was beautiful sport, in a beautiful atmosphere that the rain could not possibly spoil. It was a pleasure to take part in such an extraordinary sporting event with this magical view of Lake Geneva. This victory of an Olympic Champion in this Olympic city is something which is strongly symbolic. In the conversation that I had with Philippe at the award ceremony was about Tokyo, where I’ll meet him win 13 months, we hope.”

This event was named after the city where this first edition of the Swiss Longines Masters is held. Grégoire Junod, a trustee of the City of Lausanne, discovered the sport of show jumping this evening. "It was a very beautiful show, run by a beautiful organization with a great atmosphere. It was beautiful. It is a discipline that I’m not familiar with, and I was delighted to discover it tonight. It [show jumping] is very beautiful. We understand that it is a display of synchronicity between a man and a horse and it’s very impressive.”

The evening was the marking of an important point in front of this particular crowd. For those who still wonder if equestrianism will always keep its place in the Olympic program, IOC President Thomas Bach was especially reassuring. "Tonight, many IOC members were present and enjoying the sport, and I must say that the FEI, under the chairmanship of my friend, President Ingmar De Vos, has made great strides to modernize equestrian sport. You can relax and rejoice: we will see the equestrian events in five years at the Olympic Games in Paris…in another beautiful place, I believe!”

Preceding the final event of the day, but the first test of the Longines Masters of Lausanne, the Masters Two Wall Street Journal has crowned Alex Duffy and FTS Elliot. Of the six pairs to complete a fault free course, it was the Irishman who swiped the win in the end. He was the final rider to jump off but with a time of 34.9 seconds he was also the fastest. 

“It's great. It feels fantastic. I'm over the moon! I had the advantage that was I was last to go, so I knew I had to just go as fast as I could. I was lucky it paid off. FTS Elliot is a 10-year-old stallion. I've been riding him for about six months now, and he's quite new to this level. He's only stepped up to it the last three or four shows so I'm very happy with him.” 

His time landed him in front of two American riders, Sophie Gochman and Katie Dinan, who crossed the timers in 35.22 and 35.25 seconds respectively.

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