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A home win for France’s First Lady Pénélope Leprevost

A home win for France’s First Lady Pénélope Leprevost

The cream of Cannes society steps out for the first day of world-class competition

"I started out at my Grandfather's stables in Normandy, but I felt alone with no-one to help me. I wanted to go out and find my own way to ride and gather my own team around me. Going back there twenty years later (for WEG) is a nice story" Kevin Staut

A home win for France’s First Lady Pénélope Leprevost

Under the Friday night lights of the beautiful Cannes arena, home rider Pénélope Leprevost and Nice Stephanie were just too fast for their fellow competitors in the Prix Louis Julian & Fils Joaillier. The leading French lady rider raced away with the win in a lightening time of 61.93s. Second place went to the British pair World No1 and No2, Scott Brash with Hello Annie (62.62s) and Ben Maher with Diva II (63.74s).
VIPs looked on from the luxurious platform level, including Patti and Bruce Springsteen, Charlotte Casiraghi and Guillaume Canet. As the heat of the day mellowed into a perfect evening, the stars of tomorrow’s Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes Grand Prix went up against the clock in front of a full house of lively and vocal spectators.
Uliano Vezzani’s course was once again deceptively tricky. The first half allowed riders to attack the fences and move up the gears, while the second half, with it’s wider, square oxers and a short double of uprights, demanded more respect. Many big names lowered more than one rail, leaving just 12 of the 52 starters on a zero score when the class came to a close.
The home crowd cheered their hearts out as Leprevost led the parade in for the prize giving - a win for France in tomorrow’s Grand Prix would most certainly raise the roof. The French riders will be gunning for victory when the first round of the Cannes Grand Prix gets underway at 7pm, but the British No1 and 2 are also in cracking form in Cannes, so we may well see a French-British podium when the event comes to a close tomorrow night. 

Watch the LGCT Grand Prix of Cannes live today from 6.45pm on GCT TV, ClassHorseTV and Equidia Life, on beINSports 3 from 8.45pm and on Eurosport from 9.30pm CEST

The cream of Cannes society steps out for the first day of world-class competition

The great and the good enjoyed the first shimmering day of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes yesterday, with the intense Mediterranean heat calling for shirt sleeves and elegant summer dresses inside and outside the exclusive VIP areas. The Tour is a magnet for the stylish equestrian set who were out in force on the French Riviera both spectating and competing. Among the VIP guests were Patti and Bruce Springsteen who were  supporting their daughter Jessica, a rising star of the show jumping world, as she competed in the CSI5* classes.
French stars Guillaume Canet and Marina Hands were among those enjoying the renowned hospitality while also taking part in the CSI1* events. Mr Canet added another trophy to his ever-growing collection by winning the Prix VIP Riders Club of Cannes in fine style yesterday. A very happy Ms Hands was also placed in an early class and was clearly thrilled with her result. The riders later enjoyed the fabulous VIP facilities provided by the show, offering an unparalleled vantage point from which to enjoy the evening’s world-class CSI5* competitions.
The new face of Gucci, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, a long-time supporter and show jumping enthusiast, took to the competition arena with her gorgeous bay Madison d'Olgy placing third in the first class of the day, while renowned Qatari businessman and racehorse owner Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, whose horse Treve won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last year, enjoyed the show jumping from his VIP table. Following on from Shanghai where the Tour welcomed Asian superstar Eddie Peng and actress Yang Gong Ru, Cannes has been a mecca for the glamorous equestrian crowd. LGCT continues to attract celebrities from all walks of life, and with Monaco, Paris, Chantilly and London still to come the Tour remains the place to be.

Stars In The Saddle: Kevin Staut (FRA) gives a very personal insight into the life of a top show jumper

"I started out at my Grandfather's stables in Normandy, but I felt alone with no-one to help me. I wanted to go out and find my own way to ride and gather my own team around me. Going back there twenty years later (for WEG) is a nice story" Kevin Staut  

Luciana Diniz leads the way on Cannes opening day

The feature CSI5* class of the first day of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes was won by Portugal’s Luciana Diniz and with her beautiful mare Lady Lindenhof, 2nd was Johannes Ehning (GER) and Appearance, 3rd was Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and his ever-consistent Casall ASK.
Uliano Vezzani’s course offered smooth sweeping turns and generous distances, but it was deceptive in it’s simplicity. Clears were incredibly thin on the ground despite the world-class line-up. The light top rails fell all over the floodlit arena leaving just seven clear rounds from the 53 elite level starters.
Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) led from first to go with a daring round in a time of 67.35s, forcing those who followed him into making a mistake. Luciana Diniz and Lady Lindenhof, who had a great show in Hamburg a few weeks ago, put in a swift time of 64.84s to take the lead from the Swede from late in the draw. Johannes Ehning chased the leading time but could not quite get there, stopping the clock at 65.53s.

Abdeslam Bennani Smires wins his very first 5* class

The opening CSI5* class of the glittering Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes was won by Abdeslam Bennani Smires of Morocco and Mowgli Des Plains, who led the 53-strong class from 6th to go in the draw. Smires attacked the Uliano Vezzani course from beginning to end setting a lightening time of 28.98s in the beautiful Riviera arena.
Towards the end of the class Jane Richard Philips (SUI), on fantastic form after a win in Shanghai last week, came closest to the winner’s time taking 2nd place with Upanisad di San Patrignano in a time of 29.33s. Third went to Juan-Carlos Garcia (ITA) and Blue Boy V. Berkenbroeck who stopped the clock at 30.83s. Some of the hot favourites for Saturday’s Grand Prix also put in tantalising performances to join the ranks of the 20 double clears - Edwina Top-Alexander (AUS) took 4th with her new mount Questina, Constant van Paesschen (BEL) and Citizenguard Taalex landed 7th and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and Unita ASK were 9th.   
With Saturday’s Grand Prix on the horizon it is hard to discount the top two in the Championship Ranking - Edwina-Tops-Alexander and Ludger Beerbaum (GER) - from a podium finish. With so many big names in the mix, the competition will only get more fierce as the show progresses.

Bruce and Patti Springsteen watch their daughter Jessica compete in Cannes


Stars of show jumping, film and fashion come together in Cannes

The race for the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour crown is set to sparkle in Cannes with the world’s equine stars taking centre stage. Only weeks ago, Hollywood superstars were in the spotlight in the glamorous French Riviera town, but this weekend top international riders and horses are on parade.
In a world-class set of CSI5* competitions, Ludger Beerbaum heads up a formidable field of German riders with Chaman and Chiara, and Marcus Ehning returns hoping to repeat his Cannes victory of last year on Plot Blue. LGCT Championship Leader Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) will be in contention on Ego Van Orti and Questina, while fan-favourite Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) will be focused on another podium position with Casall ASK and Unita ready for action.
Britain’s Scott Brash is competing on his Olympic Gold medal star Hello Sanctos. Brits Ben Maher and Michael Whitaker and USA riders Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen and Reed Kessler will be determined to make a mark in Cannes. Pénélope Leprevost, Kevin Staut, Roger-Yves Bost and Patrice Delaveau will throw down the gauntlet in their home nation. Cannes would not be complete without a sprinkle of celebrity stardust. In the amateur competitions each day actor Guillaume Canet, husband of film star Marion Cotillard, will be delighting the crowds once again as will actress Marina Hands and style icon Charlotte Casiraghi.
Fashion-conscious fans of show jumping will pack the chic VIP lodges for three great evenings of top equestrian sport with ringside views of the competitions. Watch the LGCT Grand Prix of Cannes live this Saturday from 6.45pm local time on GCT TV, ClassHorseTV and Equidia Life, on beINSports 3 from 8.45pm and on Eurosport from 9.30pm local time.

Longines Global Champions Tour Ranking 2014


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