Mexican rider Alberto Michán settled the third FEI class of the 2017 ESP Holiday & Horses CSI4* in Wellington, taking a 10-hundredths of a second advantage. (Photo © AnneGittinsPhotography)
Mexican rider Alberto Michán settled the $35,000 Dever Golf Cars 1.45m Classic, representing the third class of 2017 Holiday & Horses CSI4* week.
Doing the speed class in the International Ring of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at Wellington, Alberto Michán liquidated the actions on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge for 39 pairs.
Showing the way the Mexican rider Alberto Michán with his 9-year-old mare Inouk P (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Darco) owned by Ilan Ferder, stopped the clock in an impressive 60.59 seconds to add 50 World Ranking Points the best Latino Ranking representative, scoring an adjusted advantage of 10 hundredths of a second against his closest rival.
Although the course had its technical difficulties and a height at the top that gave it a little more difficulty, Alberto Michán surpassed the American rider Molly Ashe with her 9-year-old gelding Picobello Choppin PC (Motzart Des Semilly x Diamant De Semilly), who finished in time of 60.69 seconds and for third place also American rider Margie Engle completed a field of 60.72 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Dicas (Diarado x Cassini I).
For the top five finishers in the third FEI class of the 2017 ESP Holiday & Horses CSI4*, was completed by American rider Sydney Schulman stayed on the 60 second barrier with the 14-year-old mare Wamira (Oklund x Animo) finishing at 60.94 seconds and also marked the best time of the class in 57.94 seconds, but knocked down a fence with the 8-year-old mare Villamoura (Diamant De Semilly x Kasina). For fifth place another home rider with Brianne Goutal accompanied by the 14-year-old mare Wirma (Hors La Loi II x Lux) in 61.66 seconds.
Turning to the Latino Ranking that was led by Alberto Michán, the first class winner Eduardo Menezes of Brazil got World Ranking Points with his ninth place, marking a time of 72.67 seconds with the 8-year-old stallion Balou’s Captain (Baloubet du Rouet x Captain Paul I). For his part, the former Latino Ranking leader Samuel Parot of Chile became the second and last rider who lowered the barrier of 60 seconds in 59.70 seconds, but accumulated 4 fouls with the 15-year-old gelding Couscous van Orti ( Nabab De Reve x Cash), finishing in 11th place.
It also remained within the points for the Latinos Luiz Felipe de Azevedo of Brazil in 15th place, tying with American Todd Minikus, recording 4 fouls in 62.36 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist).