26-29 May 2016
- 26-29 May 2016
Julien Epaillard leads the way after stormy LGCT Chantilly round one
Release date: 28/05/2016
Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Home rider Julien Epaillard (FRA) lead the way into round two, much to the delight of the packed local crowd, after a blistering round with his 12 year old bay gelding, Quatrin de la Roque Lm.
The first round course set by Luc Musette required careful horses and scopey jumping. Light poles and full height verticals demanded precision jumping, without the temptation to gallop at the fences in the large grass arena. With wide oxers followed by delicate 1.60m verticals, the course tested the elasticity of the horses, and the forethought of the riders.
A few big names were caught out, including LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER), who unusually tipped two fences with his stallion Colorit during round one - breaking his six consecutive run of Grand Prix placings on the Tour so far. Last year’s winner Gregory Wathelet (BEL) was another to missed out on round two, joined by Jerome Guery (BEL), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and leading French rider Patrice Delaveau (FRA).
Those through and at the sharp end of the grid were Luciana Diniz (POR) with the chestnut mare Fit For Fun 13, Pieter Devos (BEL) with Espoir, home rider Robert Breul (FRA) with Arsouille du Seigneur, young talent Jos Verlooy (BEL) and his phenomenal grey stallion Caracas, Daniel Bluman (COL) with Conconcreto Apardi and Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) with Cool and Easy.
Big names through also included the legendary Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) with his formidable stallion Casall ASK, Lauren Hough (USA) with the eye-catching Cornet 39, Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) with Caretina de Joter, Jessica Springsteen (USA) with Cynar V and Daniel Deusser (GER) on First Class van Eeckelghem.
Round two will kick off shortly, with any double clears ensuring a jump-off. Join us Live via GCT TV to watch all the action as it unfolds.