Ashlee Bond emerged victorious at CSIO4*-NC Langley by clinching a comfortable lead in the jump-off round against Canada’s Keean White. Nicolas Pizarro of Mexico occupied the third place. (Photo © Moi Photography)
For the start of CSIO4*-NC Langley week in Canada, American rider Ashlee Bond won the $35,500 Artisan Farms Nations Welcome, to taking 50 World Ranking points.
With a first full class designed by Canadian Peter Holmes, a total of 79 pairs animated the competition, where finished 9 double clear rounds of the 21 riders who classified to the jump-off, but the fast exhibition of Ashlee Bond with 10-year-old gelding Ace of Hearts (Ace) owned by Little Valley Farms, left the balance tilted in her favor with a time of 42.56 seconds, representing his second FEI win of 2017.
The second place was for home rider Keean White, completing his round in 45.14 second with 10-year-old mare Z Diamanty (Diamant de Semilly x Cor de la Bryere), while the best time of the jump-off was by Irish rider Daniel Coyle in 39.89 seconds with 11-year old gelding Simba de la Roque (Kannan x Allegreto), but accumulated 4 fouls to finish in tenth place.
The Latino Ranking delegation was very extensive and especially outstanding for Mexican Nicolas Pizarro, occupying the third place with 10-year-old mare La Petite Fleur (Lexicon x Romino) in 45.17 seconds, getting 40 FEI Ranking points. Javier Fernández also scored points in ninth place, representing the last double clear round of the competition, along with 8-year-old gelding End Good All Good (Mr. Blue x Caretino) in 47.02 seconds and Luis Alejandro Plascencia took the 11th place with 15-year-old gelding Da Vinci (Dante) in a field of 4 fouls and 49.61 seconds. The Brazilian rider Rodrigo Lambre was the last effective result of the tiebreaker with 8 fouls in 44.20 seconds accompanied by 10-year-old gelding Chapilot (Chacco-Blue x Pilot) in 13th position, being escorted by another Mexican, Francisco Pasquel who finished eliminated at 14th.
Out of points for Latinos and all representatives of Mexico remained Patricio Pasquel in 17th to not return to the jump-off, Eugenio Garza in box 36th and Federico Fernandez in 37th both with 4 fouls, Salvador Oñate in 50th place with 5 fouls, Mario Oñate with 7 fouls was 54th, Antonio Maurer in 61st accumulated 9 fouls and Sofia Larrea with 10 fouls in 62nd.