THE LGCT-LPEJ ENDED THIS SUNDAY UNDER A BRIGHT SUN AND IN FRONT OF A FULL HOUSE. THE LAST BIG EVENT OF THE EVENT, THE SAINT LAURENT EIFFEL CHALLENGE WAS WON BY THE TURKISH ÖMER KARAEVLI. AMBASSADOR OF THE COMPETITION, THE FRENCHMAN EDWARD LÉVY CLIMBS ON THE THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM.
- Turkish victory in the Saint Laurent Eiffel Challenge
- The Frenchman Olivier Perreau the fastest in the Prix Le Parisien xxx concluded the CSI 1* in style
- 30,000 visitors, high-level sport, shows, entertainment, an event that has become unmissable
- Virginie Coupérie-Eiffel, a happy president
He was one of the big odds of the day, the Turkish Ömer Karaevli, used to the big championships but rarely on the highest steps of the international competitions, created the sensation by winning the Saint Laurent Eiffel Challenge, the main event of this third and last day of the LGCT-LPEJ. In a particularly complex first round, only five of them were able to find all the answers to the many questions asked by the course leader Grégory Bodo. Five runners and five nationalities. Third to start, the 44 year old Turkish rider Ömer Karaevli was the fastest with the well named Avant Toi, a 12 year old Selle Français gelding. Last year's winner of this Sunday event, Edward Lévy, once again riding Uno de Cerisy, left the track with the best time. Unfortunately for the ambassador of this 8th edition of the competition, a fault in the middle of his jump-off relegated him to the third step of the podium, behind the Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander, second double clear of the day.
Edward Lévy : "It would have been great to do a double. But to be back on the podium is already a great performance. I'm happy because my horse responded as he often does. Even though he is older, he is getting more and more comfortable. I am also a little frustrated. It is a magnificent event with a superb atmosphere this year with a larger public, it is unique, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The event mixes both sport and glamour, many people come to admire our sport. It's a chance and I'm very proud to have been the ambassador this year."
In the Prix Le Parisien, another CSI 5* event, Olivier Perreau, the last of the 22 riders to start, once again made the most of the speed of his 13-year-old mare, GL Events Dolce Deceuninck, who is often imperial in time trials. With 53 hundredths of a second, he won ahead of the Belgian Jérôme Guéry (Eras Ste Hermelle).
CSI 1* : The Grand Prix with English colors
The English anthem concluded the Parisian competition with the victory at the end of the day of Claire Beecroft in the Saint Laurent Challenge, the most challenging event of the three days of the CSI 1*. Riding her mare Kandora, the British rider, already victorious in the Grand Prix of the CSI 1* in Cannes (2nd last year in Paris), showed herself to be the fastest rider in a ten-horse jump-off, beating the French rider Dorothée Amar (Cancun Torel Z) by 16 hundredths.
At the beginning of the day, in the Prix McLaren (1.30 m), the victory went to the Canadian Cassidy Rein ahead of the French Caroline Baudry and the British Tess Carmichael. Already victorious on Saturday, the Belgian Anouch Danneels won the Prix Geberit (1.15 m).
Much more than sport
In addition to having brought together most of the world's best riders and offered great sport, the LGCT-LPEJ, with more than 30,000 visitors over the three days of competition, has become an event whose influence now goes beyond sport. With numerous events in the village, shows on the track (Cadre Noir, Garde Républicaine, Santi Serra's horses on the loose, etc.), the procession of the 80 horses of the Route Eiffel through the streets of Paris, and cultural events (exhibitions), the three days of the competition have become an unmissable event in the capital. As proof, the many personalities who came to enjoy the show in the hospitality area and a starry service offered by the chef Hélène Darroze, all with an XXL panorama at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.