France vs Belgium in the Masters Three

  • Friday 06 December 2019
  • 11:00 AMSport
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Julie Burguière, from Normandy, was the fastest of the 25 starters in the Masters Three Horse Pilot. She thus won the 2-phase 1,15m opening class of Day 2 at the Longines Masters of Paris, aboard her trustworthy Selle français by Sandro Boy Souverain de Gree. « This year, I was lucky enough to take part in several top shows. Therefore, my horse has become familiar with beautiful arenas and was unfazed. I couldn't be happier with him and I'm delighted to be competing here for the first time. It's going well with my horses so far: four clears in four starts", said the rider who is based with international show-jumper Mathieu Billot near Deauville. A 100% French final Top 5 also includes Garance Picard, second with Rio de la Grandière and young Salomé Guillon, third with Starlette de la Forge.

The 1,25m Masters Three Sellerie des Juraires was then won by Belgium's Christophe de Brabander riding Genève de Muze, a mare from father Joris de Brabander's world-renowned stud. A veterinarian by trade, Christophe de Brabander is a regular at the Longines Masters since the beginning of the series. "I'm not a pro, I only ride for pleasure. I already won in Paris with this mare last year. Over the past few days, she gave me a good feeling. Earlier in the week, I told my groom that she felt in great shape. I even thought we might make it!" he said, all smiles.  He is followed by young Czech rider Anna-Marie Vitek riding Mama Mia Picobello Z and Belgium's Louise Ameeuw, third with Lover Boy Z and fourth with Bamako M’Aurea.