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A set of exceptional riders at the Longines Deauville Classic 2020

This inDeauville weekend, the best riders on the planet meet on the slopes of the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville for the prestigious Longines Deauville Classic, 3 * International Show Jumping Competition. The largest national equestrian federations have decided to select their best representatives in this discipline for this magnificent Norman competition. A dream line-up with no less than twenty-one riders from the Top 50 of the Longines Ranking List, including the world number one, the Swiss Steve Guerdat. France will of course be there with the pillars of the France team: Julien Epaillard, fourteenth in the world and current best French, Kevin Staut (# 22), Pénélope Leprévost (# 23), Simon Delestre (# 28), Roger -Yves Bost (# 44) and Alexis Deroubaix (# 62). Portrait of these champions who climbed the steps of the most beautiful podiums in the world.

STEVE GUERDAT, world No. 1

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At only 37 years old, the Jura Steve Guerdat is the most successful Swiss rider in history. First crowned European Team Champion in 2009, he met his greatest success on August 8, 2012, when he became Individual Olympic Champion at the London Olympic Games. Also a bronze medalist at the Tryon World Equestrian Games in 2018, he signed a historic treble in 2019 by winning the World Cup for the third time in his career, an unmatched record. Last February, he won for the third time at the head of the world hierarchy of show jumping riders by becoming number one. Many are those who would sign for such a record throughout their careers.

SCOTT BRASH, 10th in the world

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The second Briton to appear in the top 10 best show jumping riders, Scott Brash has one of the most prestigious achievements in equestrian sports. In 2011, he won his first World Cup Grand Prix at the CSI4 * in Toronto. The following year, he was selected for the London Olympic Games where he was crowned Olympic Team Champion. The Scotsman became world number one in 2013 and has followed a series of victories: Dublin Nations Cup, CHI Geneva Grand Prix, Aix-la-Chapelle Grand Prix, Calgary Grand Prix, European team gold medal … His latest achievement: his qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

JULIEN EPAILLARD, 14th worldwide

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French number 1 in show jumping, the Norman rider Julien Epaillard, from Cherbourg, shines on the international tracks. He won his first 5 * Grand Prix in 2007 in Spain, before becoming Vice-Champion of France Pro Elite three years later. Since then, he has been riding the wave of success. Between 2017 and 2019, he won four 5 * Grands Prix: the World Cups in Bordeaux and London, and the Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris and Doha. 2020 sounds like a year of excellence for Julien Epaillard: in February alone, he won the Land Rover Grand Prix in Bordeaux and became the winner of three events in Doha, allowing him to make a sensational entry into the World Top 15.

KEVIN STAUT, 22nd worldwide

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A true pillar of the French Equestrian team, Kevin Staut is a multi-medal Olympic champion. In 1995, he won the Critérium Juniors and became Champion of France at only 15 years old. From then on, he quickly and successfully rises in competition: European champion in show jumping in 2009, vice-world team champion at the Lexington World Equestrian Games in 2010 and European team vice-champion in 2011 In 2016, it was the consecration: he won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and obtained the title of Olympic Champion with Astier Nicolas, Roger-Yves Bost, Philippe Rozier and Pénélope Leprévost. His impressive track record has earned him the title of best tricolor rider in the world ranking of the International Equestrian Federation for several years in a row. Since 2019, he has been based in Pennedepie, between Deauville and Honfleur, in the family stables he occupied when he started.

PENELOPE LEPREVOST, 23rd worldwide

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Olympic team champion in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and multiple winner of CSI 5 *, Pénélope Leprévost continues to pursue her meteoric rise. Early, she participated in her first French Championships at only 6 years old, then continued to compete in amateur level events. In 2006, she met her first victory by winning the French rider championship, and repeated the following year. Her title of World Team Vice-Champion at the Lexington World Equestrian Games in 2010 enabled her to qualify the French team at the London Olympic Games and join the world top 10. Her record increased in 2015 when she finished 2nd in the World Cup Final in Las Vegas and 4th in the European Championships in Aachen individually. Last summer, Pénélope actively participated in the qualification of the Blues for the Olympic Games in Tokyo by taking fourth place at the European Championships in Rotterdam.

SIMON DELESTRE, 28th worldwide

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Bathed in the world of equestrian sports since his childhood, Simon Delestre was destined for a course without pitfalls. For his first steps among professionals, he won his first Grand Prix at the CSI 3 * in Maubeuge in 2005 and has since managed to make a place for himself among the biggest names in show jumping. Winner of the Nations Cup final in Barcelona in 2013, vice-world team champion in Caen in 2014 and bronze medalist at the European Championships in Aachen in 2015, Simon Delestre is ranked among the best in his discipline. In 2016, he took first place in the Longines Ranking List and thus becomes the third French rider, after Eric Navet and Kevin Staut, to become world number one.

JERÔME GUERY, 34th worldwide

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If the Belgian Jérôme Guéry does not come from a family of riders, he distinguished himself in show jumping competitions from an early age. At only 18, he was crowned Belgian Junior Champion, then became Belgian Senior Champion four years later. First winner of the FEI Nations Cup in 2015 and 2018, he won gold in 2019 at the European Championship with the Belgian show jumping team. In 2020, he finished 3rd at the Grand Prix in Doha, before winning the opening round at the 4-star international jumping in Grimaud last July.

BERTRAM ALLEN, 39th worldwide

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At just 25 years old, the Irishman Bertram Allen is one of the greatest. In 2010, he shines in ponies by winning the individual gold medal at the European Pony Championships from Bishop Burton. Four years later, he quickly rose in competition and distinguished himself thanks to his performances at the CSI 5 *: winner of the CSIO5 * Grand Prix in Lummen, 4th in the CSIO5 * Grand Prix in Rotterdam and winner of the CSI5 * World Cup. from Verona. The year of international recognition: 2015, when he became the youngest rider in the world to have taken part in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 final, at the height of his 20 years, and finished 7th. Last November, he brilliantly won the 4 * Grand Prix in Toronto, stage of the North American World Cup, beating twenty-one competitors.

ROGER-YVES BOST, 44th worldwide

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Individual gold medalist at the 2013 European Championships, crowned Olympic Champion at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 alongside Pénélope Leprevost, Philippe Rozier and Kevin Staut, ranked first in many CSI 5 * and multiple winner of Grand Prix between Bordeaux and Abu Dhabi, Roger-Yves Bost has an impressive track record. In 2017, he won his selection to wear the colors of France at the European Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since the start of the year, he has distinguished himself in the 5 * CSIs in Bordeaux and Doha, finishing fifth and third respectively.

ALEXIS DEROUBAIX, 62nd worldwide

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If he is from the north of France, Alexis Deroubaix is ​​Norman by adoption. At the start of 2015, it was with Michel Hécart that he first set down his suitcases, before seizing the opportunity to settle at Haras du Plessis, at Mesnil-Mauger. Upon his arrival, he accumulated good results, both in the Grands Prix and in the events reserved for young horses. In 2016, he obtained the title of French Champion for five-year-old horses. He distinguished himself in the biggest events, which allowed him to be selected for the first time with the France team, which won the Nations Cup in Samorin in Slovakia. A year later, Alexis Deroubaix was again called up for the French team to compete in the Nations Cup; another feat, he is the only rider to achieve a double clear round, which allows France to take third place. In 2019, he actively participated in qualifying the French show jumping team for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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