German rider André Thieme added his third Grand Prix of $1 Million and repeats for the second time in Sauguerties. (Photo © ESI Photography)
German rider André Thieme secured the victory in one of the most important equestrian events, dominating the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI5*.
While today’s triumph represented the eighth FEI event that André Thieme wins in his career, he is the first rider to win in the HITS Series history, three times the $1 Million class and repeating for second time here at Saugerties.
Winner in 2011 of the first million at Sauguerties, then to give more relevance was raised with the $1 Million in its first edition of HITS Ocala the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix and now in 2017 adding its third victory, the world number 216 André Thieme completed the only perfect round of the afternoon.
Under the course design by German Martin Otto, 41 pairs encouraged the millionaire class, but only André Thieme would not knock down and would end up being penalized with 1 foul by overtaking time with the 13-year-old gelding Constendrix (Contendro I x Cor of Bryere) in 87.29 seconds, reporting him 150 World Ranking Points and $330,000 as a prize.
The second place was for New Zealander Sharn Wordley and his 13-year-old gelding Barnetta (Baloubet du Rouet x Polydor) in fast round of 4 fouls and 83.99 seconds. For third place Daniel Bluman of Israel, he certainly completed two very productive weeks, not only at points with three victories at Hampton Classic, but also in money reaching $150,000 with his today’s performance with the 9-year-old gelding Ladriano Z (Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet).
The Top five had Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain in fourth place with the 9-year-old mare Luibanta BH (Luidam x Abantos) for the last 4 fouls round and American Catherine Tyree in fifth place with the 13-year-old gelding Enjoy Louis (Coriano x Kannan) in 5 fouls.
For the Latino Ranking Roberto Teran of Colombia, winner of 2016 $1 Million at Ocala, finished tenth with the 12-year-old gelding Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z) accumulating 8 faults and Mexican rider Santiago Lambre was 12th with 9-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender x Darnels) with the same 8 fouls in 84.98 seconds.