January 31, 2023

Impressive victory of Julien Epaillard in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup City of Madrid

Impressive victory of Julien Epaillard in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup City of Madrid

The most important competition of the CSI5*W of IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK 2022, the City of Madrid Grand Prix, scoring for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup, finished spectacularly. In an emotionally charged jump off, Frenchman Julien Epaillard added to his impressive record of victories this season on the international circuit.

He arrived to Madrid with 72 victories and left with two more from the IFEMA MADRID main arena. Julien Epaillard is the top man of today’s equestrian sport and has made it clear in Madrid that, for the moment, with “Caracole de la Roque” he is unbeatable.

The City of Madrid Grand Prix was contested by 40 riders over a 1,60 meters course of thirteen fences with one triple combination and a double on the final line
Only fifteen combinations made it to the jump off.

It was an incredible jump off, with top riders giving their best to take points for the Longines FEI World Cup. The jump off was made of 8 obstacles, with space for galloping and a tight left-hand pass to the vertical of the Marqués de Vargas wine, which took a good number of poles down.

The first clear round was established in the jump off by Julien Epaillard and nobody could beat him: “Winning is always very difficult and a streak like this only happens once in a sporting career. I have an incredible mare and I am lucky to be able to ride her. I have to enjoy the moment“, said a satisfied Julien Epaillard at the press conference after the prize giving ceremony.

The French rider and “Caracole de la Roque” set a record of 42’61 seconds that was unbeatable and that catapulted them to his 74th individual international victory of this season and the second one in a Grand Prix scoring for the World Cup, after their victory in Lyon on October 30.

Second was Daniel Deusser with “Bingo Ste Hermelle” and despite his brilliant ride, he qualified almost 2 seconds behind the winner, with a time of 44’30.
Simon Delestre and “Cayman Jolly Jumper” took 3rd place, with a time 7 hundredths of a second more than the German. The fourth clear round of the jump off was achieved by Piergiorgio Bucci with “Cochello” (45’34).
Fifth, with a knockdown at the entrance of the double combination, was Olympic champion Ben Maher, riding the expert “Exit Remo”.

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