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Sunday 03 December - 17h43 | At the Parc des Expositions near Paris, Ian Clayton
From 36 to 12 to 1. 36 of the world’s best riders started Sunday’s €300,000 Grand Prix at the Longines Masters of Paris, with 12, including two Americans, taking their elite horses through to the tie-breaking jump-off round. In the end, one horse-and-rider pair topped the CSI5* podium and took home a paycheque of €99,000 ($118,000): Germany’s Daniel Deusser and his 14-year-old grey gelding Cornet D’Amour.
With his victory in this first stage of the Indoor Grand Slam of Show Jumping at the Parc des Expositions near the French capital, the 36-year-old known as ‘Double D’ has also set himself up for two potential Grand Slam bonuses: the Super Grand Slam, €2.25 million for winning three consecutive Longines Grand Prix in the same season (Paris, followed by Hong Kong and then New York) or the Grand Slam (€1 million for three successive victories in the Longines Grand Prix from one season to the next, (e.g., Hong Kong > New York > Paris, or New York > Paris > Hong Kong). Crowds lined the neighbouring indoor paddock Sunday as stars of the sport — Kevin Staut on Reveur de Hurtebise HDC, Eric Lamaze on Fine Lady 5, Laura Kraut on Deauville S, Steve Guerdat on Hannah and many more — warmed up before making the voyage through the passageway into the arena. On one side there, banks of catered tables offered a birds-eye view to those with the influence or deep pockets to reserve a spot, while boisterous Show Jumping fans waving tiny French flags other grandstands burst into applause after the clear rounds.In the first round, the home crowd had a lot to cheer about, with five French riders going clear to advance to the 300-metre jump-off: Simon Delestre; Pénélope Leprevost; Nicolas Delmotte; Roger Yves Bost, and Edward Levy. In the end, it was Delestre and Hermes Ryan who led the country's charge in the final round, capturing second place just behind Deusser, with zero faults and a time of 38.08 seconds, slightly slower than the German’s 37.95 s.Delestre and Hermes Ryan, who are on a roll after winning the CSI5* Grand Prix in Lyon this Fall, nevertheless earned €60,000 as runners-up at the Masters. And while the afternoon did not end as hoped for a blazing fast Farrington after his mount Creedance chose to go more around an obstacle than over it, Farrington's fellow American and Olympian Lauren Hough had a great afternoon in France.The 40-year-old, whose motto is “It’s all about the horse”, lived up to that today with the stellar, somewhat French-sounding 13-year-old mare Ohlala. Their €45,000 podium result capped off a rewarding weekend for Hough, who not only competed for the U.S. team in Saturday’s Riders Masters Cup but also finished second in Thursday’s Masters One Asia Horse Week CSI5* with Quantas 15.As for the other, non-placed competitors in Paris, small errors knocked out big riders. On the 13-obstacle, 16-effort course designed by Louis Konickx of the Netherlands, a number of champions had four faults, and as a French commentator said, it could easily have been many more or many less in the jump-off. Comparing their equine partners to track and field high jumpers, he added that, “Les chevaux ont besoin de se routiner sur ces hauteurs” — the horses have to get familiar with these 1.60 m heights. But on an afternoon when the German national anthem, the Deutschlandlied or ‘Song of Germany’ rang out in the arena, Deusser and Cornet were already looking quite comfortable. Full results.
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