Andrew Kocker takes the victory in his second Grand Prix and both in North Carolina, surpassing in the tie to the New Zealander Sharn Worldey. Luis Pedro Biraben best latin. (Photo © Sportfot)
US rider Andrew Kocher won his second Grand Prix career win at the Tryon International Equestrian Center when he was unbeaten at the $130,000 Ariat Grand Prix CSI 3*.
The course designed by Mexican Oscar Soberon for 53 pairs, showed the different questions and complications presented by the course, being the time one of the determining factors to leave only 7 classified.
Featuring with the 16-year-old gelding Navalo de Poheton (Cumano x Double Espoir), world number 104 Andrew Kocher added his second Grand Prix by stopping the clock in 38.89 seconds to earn 100 World Ranking Points. For second place Sharn Wordley of New Zealand recorded a time of 39.19 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Casper (Contender x Baloubet du Rouet), making clear the closed fight for the victory, being only the difference of 30 hundredths of a second.
In short, it was four riders who completed their double clear rounds, taking the third place the Irishman Richie Moloney next to the 10-year-old stallion Button Sitte (Ogano Sitte x Parco) in time of 40.37 seconds and in fourth place was the American rider Mattias Tromp accompanied by the 10-year-old mare Quinta 106 (Quidam de Revel x Cento) registered a time of 40.78 seconds.
The every-time winner at George Morris Arena Kristen Vanderveen, also got her classified to the jump-off and even got the fastest time in 37.59 seconds, but a takedown with the 12-year-old stallion Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco) left her in fifth place.
For the Latino Ranking the Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben stood out in eighth place, exceeding the time allowed for the regular round to be penalized with 1 foul, which left him out of the tiebreaker with the 10-year-old gelding Caillou. Also in the points were the Mexican rider Santiago Lambre in 11th place with the same result of 1 foul with the 9-year-old mare Dolores (Harley VDL x Colorado D) and Colombian rider Carlos Ramirez got the fastest field of 4 fouls in the 13th place with the 10-year-old stallion Happy Wandor van’t Roosakker (Wandor van de Mispelaere x V Cento).