American rider Beezie Madden flew at CSI5* Valence to close with her victory the opening day. Emanuele Guadiano of Italy second, Ben Maher of Great Britain third and the Colombian Rene López fourth. (Photo © R B Presse-J. Rodrigues)
The four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden flew in the €35,000 Prix MMA to close the first day of the CSI5* Valence.
Be a speed class with 48 pairs, Beezie Madden dominated with the 11-year-old Breitling LS (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Wexner, when stopping the clock in 65.32 seconds and securing 50 World Ranking Points.
The representative of the Pan-American Ranking and world number 34 Bezzie Madden, obtained its fifth 2017 FEI victory, surpassing to the Italian rider Emanuele Guadiano with its 8-year-old stallion Garonne Chalou (Chacco Blue x Baloubet du Rouet), completing the field in 66.10 seconds. For third place Ben Maher of Great Britain recorded a time of 66.12 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz).
For Latino Ranking the Colombian Rene López stood out, seizing the fourth place with the 13-year-old gelding Con Dios III (Colman x Romino) in 66.22 seconds, to take 35 World Ranking Points.
The top five finishers were completed by German rider and former World Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann from Germany, completing his run in 66.92 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Cornado II (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat).
For the other hand, the representative of Pan American Ranking and Latino Ranking had the four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze also was the last to score FEI Ranking Points in 12th place along with the 12-year-old Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido). It was followed with 4 fouls by American Reed Kessler in 21st place next to the 10-year-old mare Tradition d’Hyverniere (Chef Rouge x Le Plantero), Dayro Arroyave of Colombia was slightly slower in 4 fouls with the 9-year-old mare Infinity (Cicero Z x Ditmar) and his fellowman Santiago Díaz Ortega escorted him in 24th place with the 9-year-old gelding Carlson (Calido I x Silvio I), while Brazil’s Yuri Mansur had 10 fouls in 41st place with the 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor x Italic des Salines).
The best seed and world number 1 Kent Farrington said goodbye with 16 fouls in the 44th place, accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Sherman d’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star).