The smiles are big and the eyes sparkle. Pénélope Leprévost and her daughter Eden are savouring the pleasure of returning to the arena of the Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping. The pleasure also of enjoying the encouragement of the public who have finally returned to the stands. "A big congratulations to Virginie (Coupérie) and her team for the organisation of this competition," says the French rider, team gold medallist in Rio in 2016. "Virginie has great taste. Everything here is beautiful and elegant. It's incredible to have a horse event in such a setting. We feel like we are in an open-air museum. "
Member of the Paris Panthers team, currently fifth in the GCL, the French rider will watch the performance of her teammates Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Darragh Kenny (IRL) on Friday. The French rider, who is competing as an individual in the class presented by Hubside, could join the team this Saturday for the second round presented by Metrobus, which is also a qualifier for the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris "My mare is very atypical, so we decided to see how it would go at the beginning of the competition to see if I would fit in for the second round (Saturday). I am very happy to be part of the Paris Panthers. Not only are they good, they are classy. I really like the competition format. The events are tough, especially the Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour. This raises the level and is essential for the development of the sport. "
On the track Penelope has measured ambitions. "My two stallions (Vancouver de Lanlore and GFE Excalibur de la Tour Vidal) have jumped a lot in the last few weeks and have been spared. So I am here with my mare Vérité une Prince. She is very talented but also very atypical. She is very hot and it can sometimes be a bit complicated. We'll see how it goes. "
Eden Leprévost Blin Lebreton, competing in the CSI 1*, shares her mother's enthusiasm. It's really good to be back in this atmosphere with the public," she smiles. Even at 10 o'clock in the morning for the first class there was already a crowd. "Winner of the three events in the last edition in 2019, the young 17-year-old rider, who will be present thanks to Esthederm, is hoping to do as well. I have a horse that has the potential," she says. It's up to me to do well. "