A PRIVATE CHAT WITH...

Pénélope Leprevost

When was your very first equestrian competition?  
I REMEMBER MY VERY FIRST FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1987 IN MEAUX WITH MY FAVOURITE PONY HERCULE. THERE WAS JUST ONE ROUND IN THE COMPETITION AND I FINISHED THE COURSE WITH NO FAULTS BUT WITHOUT BEING THE FASTEST. I CAME AWAY WITH A FIFTH PLACE... AND A SMILE FROM EAR TO EAR!

What has been the highlight of your career?
I DON’T KNOW IF I COULD CHOOSE BECAUSE I INTEND TO GATHER PLENTY MORE EVEN BETTER MEMORIES! THERE IS NOTHING THAT I’M COMPLETELY SATISFIED WITH! NONETHELESS, I REMEMBER MY VICTORIOUS JUMP-OFF IN THE ROTTERDAM NATIONS CUP IN 2009 WITH JUBILEE D’OUILLY, MY FIRST VICTORY IN A 5 * GRAND PRIX IN PARIS WITH MYLORD CARTHAGO, THE 5 * GRAND PRIX IN ANTWERP WITH FLORA DE MARIPOSA ... AND OF COURSE I HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE GOLD MEDAL FROM THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN RIO, BUT THE CONDITIONS WERE SO TOUGH...

If you had not gone into horse riding, what would you like to have done?
AS I AM NOT FROM A HORSE RIDING FAMILY, I NEVER IMAGINED MYSELF AS A RIDER... WHEN I LEFT SCHOOL, I ENROLLED IN A SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, WITHOUT ANY MAJOR CONVICTION I MUST ADMIT! IT WAS MY MOTHER WHO SUGGESTED THIS YEAR THAT I “TRY OUT HORSES”... I REALLY BELIEVE MY DESTINY CHANGED FOREVER THAT DAY!  

You travel a lot. What is your favorite city?
LECAUDE, THE VILLAGE WHERE MY STABLES ARE!! THAT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A JOKE BUT I SPEND SO MUCH TIME IN HOTELS AND AIRPLANES, THAT I LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE WITH MY DAUGHTER, MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MY HORSES AND MY ANIMALS!

Which object do you always keep with you?
I AM NOT SUPERSTITIOUS!

Who is your favorite athlete?
MARIE JOSE PEREC, WHOM I MET IN RIO AND APART FROM BEING AN INCREDIBLE SPORTSPERSON, SHE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN!

What is your favorite piece of music?
I HAVE A FAIRLY ECLECTIC TASTE IN MUSIC, BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE ONE SONG, IT WOULD BE BAD NEWS BY MOON MARTIN.

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
I DON’T LIKE HOLIDAYS... BUT I LIKE THE SUN WHEREVER IT IS!

What is your current bedtime reading?
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR BY JOEL DICKER. I LOVE IT!

What is your favorite film?
I USUALLY WATCH SERIES. AT THE MOMENT SHAMELESS, THE BRIDGE, THE KILLING... BUT MY CULT FILM IS STILL THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS; SO WHAT IF IT’S “OUTDATED"!  

hat is your favorite cocktail?
IF I HAD TO CHOOSE ONE... VODKA SPRITE! BUT IT’S NOT REALLY A COCKTAIL!

How do you spend your ideal Sunday?
THEY ARE SO RARE!! I WOULD START A SUNDAY BY HAVING BREAKFAST AT HOME WITH MY DAUGHTER EDEN. THEN WE WOULD BOTH GO TO THE STABLES TO RIDE OUR HORSES. EDEN WOULD RIDE CRU AND WE WOULD PLAY WITH MY DOG JAMES BEFORE HAVING A PICNIC IN THE SUN. I LIKE HAVING TIME TO SPEND WITH MY HORSES AND LETTING THEM OUT TO GRAZE SOME GRASS. WE WOULD FINISH THE DAY WITH A TV DINNER, BOTH OF US ON THE COUCH WATCHING A NICE FILM!

What is your everyday car? And your dream car?
I HAVE A RANGE ROVER SPORT AND I’M AN ABSOLUTE FAN!

INTERVIEW & Photos BY JESSICA RODRIGUES

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