The American rider Andrew Kocher canceled the aspirations of the Frenchman Eric Nave and Canadian Chris Pratt, taking the victory in the World Cup North American League of Del Mar. (Photo © McCool Photography)
The American rider Andrew Kocher won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Del Mar, liquidating the aspirations of his rivals.
Giving a great demonstration and determination in his tie-breaker round, Andrew Kocher guided his 16-year-old gelding Navale de Poheton (Cumano x Double Espoir) straight to victory, after completing stopping the clock in 37.45 seconds his formidable round on course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland.
With today’s result Andrew Kocher was placed at the head of the classification of Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American Eastern Sub-league with 31 points, pending 5 sleeves with Washington as next step.
The strong fight and the great atmosphere was felt in each jump executed by the 8 classified riders to the jump-off, where Andrew Kocher marked an advantage of 11 hundredths of a second before the world champion and Olympic medalist Eric Navet of France, who took the second place with the 10-year-old gelding Catypso (Catoki x Calypso II) in 37.56 seconds and also surpassed Canadian rider Chris Pratt accompanied by his 10-year-old gelding Concorde (Vaillant x Concorde) in a time of 37.75 seconds.
The last double clear round was for Alison Robitaille with the 11-year-old mare Serise du Bidou (Gin Tonic Star x Fusain du Defey) in 40.00 seconds and fifth place got yard rider Richard Spooner with the 10-year-old gelding Chatinus (Chacco-Blue x Argentinus), completing his tiebreaker in 4 fouls and 40.49 seconds.
By the Latino Ranking Michelle Rodal of Mexico obtained the ninth place, after exceeding the time allowed in the regular round and not achieving his pass to the jump-off for 2 fouls penalty, appearing with the 14-year-old stallion Darius de la Ferme Rose (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Gotspe) owned by Morgan Hill Partners. Out of the World Ranking points were John Perez of Colombia in 17th place next to the 16-year-old mare Utopia (Irrogando x Notaris) accumulating 8 faults in 78.28 seconds, while Enrique González from Mexico opted for the retirement with his 10-year-old mare Chacna (Chacco-Blue x Narew XX).