Friday 06 December - 08h00 | Press Release
Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli at full throttle in the Masters one Hubside
The first “signature” competition of the 11th Longines Masters of Paris, the Riders Masters Cup, will have two original teams of five European riders and five riders from the American continent battle it out on Friday December 6. The draw, which took place in the heart of Paris, at the Cirque d’Hiver, right before the young showjumping champions auction The Auction by Arqana, decided the duels for the first round of a competition which, so far, always smiled on the European side.
The riders got their bearings and found their feet today at the Longines Masters of Paris ! Among the 74 pairs who started in the Masters One Hubside, opening class at 1,45m of the CSI 5* at the Longines Masters of Paris, Brazil's Marlon Modolo Zanotelli scored the best performance.
Aboard his 10-year-old KWPN mare Sweet Tricia, he was the only rider to manage a clear round under the symbolic 30 seconds mark in 29’’84. A first win for this relatively new partnership as he only took over the ride a few weeks ago. «This is obviously a very good start to the show. I'm very happy and proud of Sweet Tricia who had already won a lot with her previous rider Darragh Kenny (Ireland). It's a pleasure for me to be able to ride such a horse », said double Gold medalist at the 2019 Panamerican Games. The rider who is based in Belgium will be able to take home a very special yellow and black ride, the Ducati Scrambler presented to the winner.
45th to go, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli remained unchallenged until the end of the class. A clear round in 30’’09 enabled the USA's Jessica Springsteen to take the runner-up spot with Tiger Lily. Young Italian rider and member of the Riders Lab Filippo Marco Bologni was clear in 30’18 with Diplomat, for 3rd. A total of 19 combinations managed to keep a clean slate. Best of the French contingent are Max Thirouin and his chestnut mare Utopie Villelongue who started for the first time among the World's elite at the Longines Masters of Paris.
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
The Masters Two and Masters Three had their first winners today. Four riders took turns climbing on top the much coveted podium at the Longines Masters of Paris: Pierre-Marie Friant in the Masters Two EEM.tv, Marie Pellegrin in the Masters Two Joséphine B, Anna Marie Vitek in the Masters Three Europe 1 and lastly Camille Decock in the Masters Three Vestrum. For all riders, the competition goes on until Sunday at the Longines Masters of Paris!