Pénélope Leprevost: motivated and well-prepared
You entered these test events very late. What made you decide to take part in the end?
Vagabond was supposed to jump in the Grand Prix 3* in Canteleu, but he wasn’t on form because he’d been silly in his box in Rome. He lost 60kg. That’s why he didn’t jump on the first day in Rome. Since he’s not back to top form yet, I was afraid that three days of competing at a slightly higher level would be too difficult. Originally, I considered not competing at all this week and just coming here to watch, or even bringing another horse to jump in the smaller classes. In the end, I brought him. It was a question of seeing how he would behave today. And he’s been really good.
What information will you pass on to the members of the French team?
They’ve asked me what the surface was like, if it was good. I’ve already told them what I think, and to be honest, it’s all good up to now. The stables look great too. There will surely be some minor details to iron out so that everything’s as good as it can be, but I’m sure that we’re going to be proud of these championships.
What are your plans between now and the final selections?
I think the French team is going to Gijon. It’ll be the last competition before the Games. However, some members want to jump again in Paris, like Patrice. I don’t really want to. Maybe a training session would be enough for me. Not necessarily at a competition, but in a competition setting: two days’ training in an. I think that might suit my mare Flora de Mariposa.
Can you tell us a bit about your horses?
I’m lucky enough to have a lot of good horses ready this year. I think that my patience last year has paid off. Back then I only had Nayana. The poor thing had to do a bit of everything: indoor, outdoor, Global Champions Tour, Nations Cup... Mylord was off and the others didn’t have enough experience. So, I’m happy about the choices I made last year, because it meant that the promising young horses could mature properly this year.
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