This afternoon, 66 pairs who started in the 1.45m Masters Two Institut Esthederm first ranking class of the CSI2*, 17 of which managed to qualify for the jump-off.If the ladies set the tone early on, Olivier Guillon and Vitot du Château were eventually the fastest over the final round in front of the Paris audience.
Thanks to a quick time of 37"11, France's Marie Pellegrin took the lead early on in the jump-off with Alcazar du Moulin. Despite their efforts, all had failed to catch her when Britain's Matthew Sampson managed a very quick 36"38 with Geneve R. The British hopes for a victory in Paris were soon wrecked when a very determined Olivier Guillon aboard his pocket rocket Vitot du Château stopped the clock on 35"01. This was enough to secure the winner's Ducati Scrambler motorbike.
"The jump-off was ideally suited to my horse. Because he has a short action, I could gallop even when the distances were a bit short for the other horses. I wanted to clinch this class because the winner's prize really appealed to me!(laughs) So I gave it my all even though Vitot hadn't jumped yesterday. Sometimes everything falls into place and it's nice! Vitot will have a day off tomorrow before starting in the Grand Prix on Sunday", explained a grinning champion after the competition.