Equita Masters presented by Hermès Sellier / AND JULIEN ÉPAILLARD MAKES IT THREE WINS IN A ROW!
Who can stop Julien Epaillard? In just two days, the French rider has won all three classes in which he was involved. This evening, riding Donetallo d’Auge, a horse from his own stud farm (the Haras de la Bosquetterie), Julien Epaillard won the 2022 Equita Masters presented by Hermès Sellier, one of the signature events at the Longines Equita Lyon, Concours Hippique International.
He achieved this victory by posting the fastest of the two double clear rounds achieved during the class. As the last rider to start, Julien Epaillard managed to shave almost two seconds off the time registered by the Dutch rider Jur Vrieling and Comme-Laude W, who had been leading the class until then with a time of 41’’79. “Starting last enabled me to get a lot of information about the jump-off. I gained time on my rival at the beginning of the course, which allowed me to take more care in the final section, which was tricky, especially the last vertical at the end of the
line,” explained Julien Épaillard.
With this performance, he confirmed his status as the best French rider, currently in third place in the Longines FEI World Jumping Rankings. Indeed, his statistics are quite incredible, with 67 international wins this season. “I can’t believe it myself. I have won the last seven events I have competed in. I am lucky enough to ride outstanding horses, but there is always an element of luck involved too. You have to enjoy it while it’s there,” said the happy winner.
Overall, the French riders performed very well in the Equita Masters presented by Hermès Sellier, since the reigning French Pro Elite champion, Pénélope Leprevost, took third place with Texas. In the final rankings for the class, six French riders finished in the top 10. Mégane Moissonnier, the regional rider in the class, finished fourth with Bracadabra, and Kevin Staut was sixth with Dialou Blue PS. Simon Delestre and Grégory Cottard took ninth and tenth places respectively with Dexter Fontenis Z and Cocaïne du Val