The Canadian rider dominated the 1-second lead with Australia’s Lane Clarke. Daniel Pedraza of Mexico took the fifth position. (Photo © 2017 ESI)
Valid week for the qualifier of the World Cup Final in Omaha and being the last leg of the North American League with the first FEI Class, the $36,500 Desert Welcome Stake, part of the HITS Thermal Series in California and the victory for the Canadian Ali Ramsay.
With 33 pairs and only 4 return to the jump-off, Ramsay had a time of 43.03 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Hermelien vd Hooghoeve (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Thunder van de Zuuthoeve), being the first of two double clear rounds to complete the cclass plus a prize of 50 World Ranking points and $12,045 for getting the highest honors.
The fight for the first place was only separated by 1 second among the 4 classified, but Lane Clarke of Australia with the 12-year-old gelding Balu U (Baloubet du Rouet x Caletto II) finished in the second place with a time of 44.05 seconds without takedowns, knocking down a rod to totalize 4 fouls the Austrian Peter Petscheing with the 10-year-old mare Colour Your Life were third with time of 44,35 seconds and fourth position culminated the Australian pair of Harley Brown with the 13-year-old gelding Apex (Grannex x Quidam of Revel) in 44.50 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking, the Mexican Daniel Pedraza stood out alongside the 12-year-old stallion Arc de Triomphe (For Pleasure x Wellington), exceeding the agreed time for the regular round and were penalized with 1 foul his clear round, occupying the fifth place. For his part, the Puerto Rican Mark Watring and the 15-year-old stallion Balyon (Baloubet du Rouet x Grand Canyon) were eliminated.