First FEI class of the 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters and the American rider took the victory in dominion by the home riders who occupied the top four places. Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina and Jorge Matte of Chile within the points. (Photo © Lauren Baker/Phelps Media Group)
First day of competitions in the 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters CSI 3* started with the $35,000 CP Welcome Stake at a height of 1.45m and speed as a factor, to determine the winner in a class that was divided in two sections.
Dominating Section A with great speed, American rider Adam Prudent and his 15-year-old gelding Vasco (Andiamo x Clinton) owned by Plain Bay Sales, stopped the clock in 62.99 seconds, credited 50 World Ranking points and $11,550 to scoring the first win of the week in FEI classes.
The fight as it is characteristic in these class, was very disputed and dominated by the house riders, occupying to the top fourth place with the Olympic American medalist Laura Kraut finishing in the second position with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact me x Cambridge) owned by St. Bride’s Farm in 63.75 seconds, followed by Andrew Ramsay in third place and Stranger (Stakkato x Cheenook) owned by The Stranger Group with a time of 63.80 seconds.
The Top 5 was completed in fourth place by Alison Robitaille with Hooves Llc’s 12-year-old gelding Sensation (Welcome Sympatico x Acord II) with more distant time in 66.30 seconds, while fifth place was taken by Irish rider Daniel Coyle in 67.25 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Grafton (Calvaro x Vondeen) owned by Susan and Ariel Grange.
For the Latin Ranking the Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben finishing seventh with the 10-year-old gelding Caillol in time of 68.98 seconds to add 20 World Ranking FEI points. Chilean Jorge Matte was ranked 11th with the 14-year-old mare Perle du Marais (Semilly x Papillon Rouge) in 71.72 seconds.
Also participating by the Latinos Venezuelan Pablo Barrios demolishing a pole with A S D Farfala (Hyo Dario x Furioso II) in 22nd place with 4 fouls, Alberto Michan from Mexico completed the course with the same fouls with Chacco’s Goldy (Chacco-Blue x Landgold) in position 27th, Alonso Valdez Prado from Peru finished 43rd with 12 fouls and Venezuelan Daniela Stransky was eliminated.