French rider Penelope Leprevost is the third showjumper to win a Citroen car, after taking out the Preis der Citroen competition at Leipzig in Germany on Sunday.
The class was also a qualifier for the World Cup leg, which was won by Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z. The show has a total of five Citroen cars up for grabs for feature class winners.
In third was Leprevost’s partner Kevin Staut with Silvana Hdc, with Marco Kutscher and Spartacus, breaking up the couple in second.
Leprevost had originally planned to ride another horse in the competition, but decided Nice Stephanie’s form was better.
“Certainly, now I’m satisfied,” she said.
Preis der Citroen Partner Leipzig: 1st Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) with Nice Stephanie, 0 SP/64.40 sec; 2nd Marco Kutscher (Hörstel) with Spartacus, 0/64.69; 3rd Kevin Staut (FRA) with Silvana Hdc, 0/64.89; 4th Luciana Diniz (POR) with Lacontino, 0/65.27; 5th Manuel Anon (ESP) with Qlymp d’Ivraie, 0/65.55; 6th Marcus Ehning (Borken) with Plot Blue, 0/65.79.
• Swiss rider Pius Schwizer won the second Citroen of the show when taking out the Championat von Leipzig on Saturday with a faultless round on Coolgirl in 35.79 seconds . The combination found the perfect mixture of “Swiss thoughtfulness and Westphalian temperament” and they knocked aside their four rivals in the jump-off.
Coolgirl is the daughter of a young stallion: “An ‘accident’ in the pasture,” Schwizer said, “I have heard it should have been Clinton, however, you do not know it exactly …”. Her sire is listed as “DE 404 049939001″ in the registration database. Her dam is Pretty Women, by the Westphalian stallion Polydor.
In second place, and on his first trip to Leipzig was Italy’s Luca Maria Moneta with the 12-year-old Connery. Two-time Global Champions Tour winner Edwina Tops-Alexander was third with Guccio.
Championat von Leipzig: 1st Pius Schwizer (SUI) with Coolgirl, 0/35.79 penality points / seconds; 2nd Luca Maria Moneta (ITA) with Connery, 0/37.44; 3rd Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) with Guccio, 0/38.19; 4th Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) with Wisconsin, 4/34..72; 5th Mario Stevens (Molbergen) with Little Pezi, 8/37.68; 6th Torben Köhlbrandt (Ibbenbüren) with Skala, 1/67.18
• French rider Roger Yves Bost won the show’s first Citroen after winning the LE Cup with his 13-year-old mare Cosma. The combination put up a faultless jump-off in only 51.80 seconds.
“A fantastic atmosphere here in Leipzig,” said “Bosti”, 47.
In second was Germany’s Mario Stevens with Lord Pezi, with Britain’s Robert Whitaker third on USA Today.
LE Cup: 1st Roger Yves Bost (FRA) with Castle Forbes Cosma, 0/51.80 penality points/seconds; 2. Mario Stevens (Molbergen) with Little Pezi, 0/54.07; 3rd Robert Whitaker (GBR) with USA Today, 0/54.97; 4th Pius Schwizer (SUI) with Coolgirl, 0/55.26; 5th Philipp Weishaupt (Hörstel) with Urmel, 0/58.33; 6th Patrick Stühlmeyer (Osnabrück), Lord Lohengrin, 0/58.77
• In Wellington, Florida, McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness took out the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF).
It was the second victory of week for the pair, and they prevailed over Ben Maher (GBR) on Cella and Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Zara Leandra.
Concluding week two of the festival, 41 entries started in the Classic, jumping a course set by Luc Musette of Belgium. Eight were clear to advance to the jump-off and five went double clear. Ward and Super Trooper de Ness blazed through the short course in 41.853 seconds for the win.
Super Trooper is an eleven-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor. He is a horse that Ward is aiming toward the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The pair won a class earlier in the week in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class and a great partnership is forming.
“We have been trying to build over the last few classes and today was a step up and I thought he handled it very well,” Ward said. “I know he is capable of going fast like that, so I figured I would take a nice chance, not doing anything crazy, but take a chance, and he really responded well. It was a nice win and a nice way to start off the circuit with him.”
Four other riders cleared the short course and finished in the top of the ribbons. Paige Johnson (USA) and Chiron S were fourth in 43.893 seconds. Fifth place went to Christine McCrea aboard Victor E.
$25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
1. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS MCLAIN WARD GRANT ROAD PARTNERS, LLC: 0/0/41.853
2. CELLA BEN MAHER JANE CLARK: 0/0/42.390
3. ZARA LEANDRA PABLO BARRIOS ZL GROUP, INC: 0/0/43.441
4. CHIRON S PAIGE JOHNSONSALAMANDER FARM: 0/0/43.893
5. VICTOR E CHRISTINE MCCREA CANDY TRIBBLE: 0/0/45.317
6. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS LAUREN TISBO TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 0/4/46.028
7. ONISHA REED KESSLER REED KESSLER: 0/5/50.136
8. LILLI GEORGINA BLOOMBERG DIETMAR GUGLER & GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES: 0/8/47.451
9. E-MUSE YEK DARRAGH KERINS DARRAGH KERINS & MAARTEN HUYGENS: 1/80.809
10. ZHUM CWMCLAIN WARD ILAND FARDER & MISSY CLARK: 4/73.638
11. QUIET EASY 4 BEN MAHER MRS/ PHILLIPS: 4/75.606
12. UATA BRIANNE GOUTAL CLOVERLEAF FARM: 4/75.668
• The youngest rider in Saturday night’s $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix was the winner as 18-year-old Reed Kessler and Ligist jumped to victory during the highlight event of week two. With riders representing 14 countries competing in the class, the USA took the top seven placings and the young women were one, two and three. Kessler and Ligist topped Katie Dinan (19) and Nougat du Vallet and Brianne Goutal (24) aboard Nice de Prissey.
Fifty-four entries started the class in round one and nine advanced to the jump-off with four jumping double clear.
Reed Kessler was thrilled with the effort of Ligist in the class. Kessler and the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Levantos II x Robin Z) recently jumped up to 2.10m in a six-bar class in Geneva and the rider feels that the class really “raised his sights.”
“I think that is the best Goose has ever jumped; he jumped incredibly,” Kessler said. “I just tried to keep a nice, tight track and take a shot and he was fantastic. I did see Katie a little bit on the screen. I’m not sure where I made up the time. He is a really fast horse; I use him as my speed horse mostly.”
$50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2*
1. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/0/37.81
2. NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/38.19
3. NICE DE PRISSEY: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Rosire x Amarpour BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farm: 0/0/38.53
4. AX CENT: 2003 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf KENNETH BERKLEY (USA), Rivers Edge: 0/0/39.12
5. ZAFIRA: 2004 KWPN mare Nassau x Cappucino van Berkenbroek KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Haity McNerney: 0/4/37.62
6. ROTHCHILD: 2001 SBS gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/4/37.71
7. INDIGO: 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indoctro MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds: 0/4/38.42
8. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/4/39.52
9. SS BOBBY: 2002 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Joost CHRIS SORENSEN (CAN), Britland Hughes: 0/8/44.16
10. SHOW SHOW: 2002 BWP gelding by Darco x Royal Fleu ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), RD Jumping Higher Ltda: 4/67.99
11. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd:4/69.83
12. ROCKY W: 1998 KWPN gelding by Libero H x Corofino KAITLIN CAMPBELL (USA), Kaitlin Campbell: 4/70.20