Sunday is Grand Prix day at the Longines Masters of Paris. Riders in the Masters Three set the ball rolling with their final, the Masters Three Grand Prix 1.20m event.
Last year, great Britain's Tess Carmichael won this class. Twenty six combinations started in the first round of the 1.30m Grand Prix, ten of which qualified for the jump-off. However, only two managed to stay clear over the difficult second round against the clock. Tess Carmichael was the fastest in 37.60 seconds to win the Grand Prix with Atlantis Pp Z, beating France's Claire Chaix who posted a time of 39.20 seconds with Univers de Maugre. "I'm kind of a loyal customer here at the Longines Masters de Paris. It was one of the first big indoor shows I did years and years ago and I just love it! It's such a nice atmosphere and to jump in the same show as the top riders is a really great opportunity for an amateur rider like me. In the jump-off, I knew I didn't have the fastest horse but I'm lucky that he's careful and he tries really hard for me. I just have to do the route that I think suits him best and forget what everyone else is doing!", says Tess. Paloma de Crozals and Bergame de l'Yserand, were the fastest in the jump-off, enough for third despite a Fence down.