In a full day of Swiss victories throughout the different contests worldwide, Beat Mändli added another one at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Participation of Rogelio Pellerano, Paulo Steward and Ignacio Maurin. (Photo © Sportfot)
For the closing of CSI 2* week at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, was disputed the $50,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix with the participation of 45 pairs, giving way to an extensive tiebreaker with a total of 23 riders on the course design by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge.
In a day filled with victories for Swiss riders in the different worldwide stages today, the WEF in its 11th week could not be the exception with the first win of Beat Mändli at Wellington and first win of the year, but winner of the 2007 FEI World Cup Final Jumping, made clear his experience in the tiebreaker round, after completing in 43.66 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Simba (Toulon x Argentinus) owned by Grant Road Partners LLC, his speed that allowed him to add 50 World Ranking points, where he currently occupies the 303th position.
Completed the top five in second place Jordan McPherson of Canada with 12-year-old mare Aanwinst in 44.77 seconds, followed in third place by Beth Underhill of Canada too in 45.26 seconds accompanied by 10-year-old gelding Count Me In (Count Grannus x Sherlock Holmes), Audrey Coulter and 10-year-old gelding Cas 2 (Indoctro x Numero Uno) was in fourth place with a time of 45.41 seconds, while Briton Alexandra Thornton completed her round in 45.69 seconds with 11-year-old gelding HHS Figero (Guidam x Cavalier Royale) to finish fifth.
For the Latin Ranking could not add points to the FEI Ranking their representatives, being Rogelio Pellerano the best placed in the 21st and unique in qualifying the jump-off, but downed two poles in 48.31 seconds with 14-year-old mare Precieuse Platiere (Dollar of Pierre x Grand Veneur). The Brazilian Paulo Stewart exceeded the time allowed for the regular round, being penalized with 1 foul next to the 17-year-old gelding Allegro van de Donkhoeve (Mr. Blue x Robin Z). Finally the Argentine Ignacio Maurin totaled 8 faults in his regular round with 16-year-old gelding Nenuphar’Jac (Cumano x Pidayack), occupying the position 38th.