The Longines Masters of Lausanne has begun!
The EEM teams have succeeded in their challenge. The Lausanne competition has been revived... but this time, the beautiful track is right alongside Lake Leman. This incredible and magnificent view is a real postcard moment.
The sole Masters One event of the day brought together the eighty-six horses entered this weekend by the "five-star" riders. Twenty-one of them completed a clear round over this track, the configuration of which would’ve been daunting to some horses. A rider well-used to international podiums, Emanuele Gaudiano took the victory in the first Masters One event set at 1.45m. "Carlotta is a very fast mare, she’s won more than sixty international events! It's a very special track, and very beautiful with Lake Leman in sight, but it didn't intimidate her, she jumped so well. She really was in a winning mood. She's hot, full of blood, she's a fighter." The Italian was formidable with his 55.30 second round, beating young Frenchman Edward Levy by nearly two seconds on his faithful Starlette de la Roque. American rider Kirsten Vanderveen, completed the podium with Bull Run's Faustino de Tili, in a time of 57.47 seconds. The best Swiss result was achieved by the youngest of the riders, Bryan Balsiger, who came in fifth with AK's Courage. He, along with Edward Levy, two prodigies from the "Riders Lab" (riders under 25 invited to this event), are in the Top 5 of the main event of the day.
For his first 5*, Arnaud Doem took 10th place in the opening event with the stallion Hocus Pocus de Messitert (Quidamd from Revel x Clinton).
A postcard from Lausanne and its surroundings: