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Emanuele Gaudiano Wins the Longines Speed Challenges

Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta 232 wins both the Longines Speed Challenge of Paris, and the Longines Speed Challenge Series Bonus at the Longines Masters Paris on 8th December 2019.

This amazing pair boasts a fabulous total of sixty plus international wins over the past five years, twelve of which were in 2019! Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta 232 confirmed their status when they won the much acclaimed 2019 Speed Challenge of Paris in a super time of 60’’48 without a single pole down. A repeat for the winners of the same flagship performance during the Longines Masters of Lausanne, Switzerland, this summer. “I’m extremely lucky to ride such an amazing mare. Each round with her is a pleasure, even more so at a show like this where the stands are packed”, he commented.

The Paris crowd were held spellbound throughout the aptly named Longines Speed Challenge, the fastest class in the world. The spectators who supported each rider unreservedly were treated to the most spectacular show, the special rule where one pole down is worth 2 seconds extra time means an increased speed and more suspense.

However, a clear round was definitely a bonus to score the best time to win the class. A goal reached among others by world number 1 Steve Guerdat (Switzerland). Number 13 out of 27 to go, the 2012 Olympic champion set a very fast pace of 61.98 aboard Ulysse des Forêts. “I rode according to my plan and mostly took advantage of my mare’s natural speed without pushing much”, the rider commented. Steve ended up a very creditable third, behind Emanuele Gaudiano and his long- standing friend Canada’s Eric Lamaze. Riding top mare Fine Lady 5, the 2008 Olympic champion also put down a top performance thanks to a time of 61.37 at the very end of the class. A lesson in riding and courage greeted by all.

Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta 232 wins both the Longines Speed Challenge of Paris 2019 (copyright: Aléa for EEM)

Best of the French is none other than Roger-Yves Bost, aka “Bosty the Rocket” who gave it his all with Castleforbes Talitha to finish fourth 62.22.

Emanuele Gaudiano double shot comes as the icing on the cake. His times in Lausanne and Paris, enable him to win the Longines Speed Challenge Series bonus the carabiniere (member of the Italian paramilitary police) thus takes home a Land Rover Discovery.

Double winner Emanuele Gaudiano takes home his Land Rover Discovery prize (copyright: Aléa for EEM)
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