The Swiss rider Beat Mändli with his Dracula disguise settled the second FEI class of the CSI3* Washington International Horse Show. (Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography)
Swiss rider Beat Mändli spooked his rivals like Dracula in the $35,000 Accumulator Costume Class, securing his first FEI victory of the week.
Closing the first day of activities at the CSI3* Washington International Horse Show, the Swiss Olympic medalist Beat Mändli with his 9-year-old mare Dibatsja (Veron x Indoctro) owned by Grant Road Partners Llc, finished with a cumulative 65 point and a time of 43.09 seconds to ensure victory with it 50 World Ranking Points.
Being the main feature for this class that all riders had to enter with a costume, Dracula (Beat Mändli) was commissioned to monopolize the highest honors to overcome the American rider Katherine Dinan and her 10-year-old gelding Tarioso Manciais (Arioso du Theillet x First Bride), completing same field of 65 points, but in 43.43 seconds.
It was until the sixth place that the different pairs would arrive registering the same accumulated of 65 points, where the third position was occupied by British Amazon Amanda Derbyshire with the 11-year-old mare Lady Maria BH (Cartani x Corrado I) in 43.46 seconds, followed in fourth place by American rider Andrew Ramsay with the 10-year-old mare Cocq A Doodle (Tolan R x Niagara) in 43.50 seconds and fifth place to complete the Top 5 was Devin Ryan of the United States with the 8-year-old gelding Eddie Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL x Marlon) in 43.62 seconds.
As curious facts of the class we have the winner Beat Mändli did not participate in a costume contest since 1992, while the best costume of the night was for Kama Godek of the United States, who took a prize of $6,000 for her scarecrow.