Irish Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor won the CSIO5* Sopot Grand Prix by beating Luciana Diniz of Portugal. (Photo © Photo Monskoo)
The conclusion of the CSIO5* Sopot disputed the Grand Prix Cup President of Poland Andrzej Duda and victory for the Irish Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor, who took with the first place 130 World Ranking Points.
Under the course design by Olaf Petersen Jr. from Germany, a total of 50 pairs encouraged the Grand Prix with two rounds, but only the top 13 finishers could return to the second round. That’s how 37-year-old Irish rider Cian O’Connor set the pace with 11-year-old stallion Good Luck (Cantor x Furioso II) owned by Adrian Springs & Ronnoco Jump Ltd, who completed his run in 47.59 seconds.
For second place Luciana Diniz of Portugal, she returned to the path of good results, registering a time of 48.77 seconds with the 13-year-old mare Fit for Fun (For Pleasure x Fabriano) and adding 110 World Ranking Points. In third place Marc Houtzager of Netherland, he completed the last rider with the two perfect rounds, being his time of 48.96 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Sterrehof’s Calimero (Quidam of Revel x Achill).
For the Pan American Ranking, three American riders were included in the points and three representatives of the Olympic team such as Lauren Hough, who finished eighth with the 14-year-old gelding Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner XX) in 4 fouls. For her part Reed Keesler accompanied by the 14-year-old gelding Cos I Can (Olympic Lux x Harlequin du Carel) totaled 5 fouls in tenth place and Laura Kraut completes its presentation with 8 fouls at 12th, next to the 11-year-old gelding Deauville S (Diamant de Semilly x Lux Z).
The only representative of Latino Ranking was Cassio Rivetti of Brazil, who came from more or less during this week, chose not to complete his course and retire with the 9-year-old stallion Ut Majeur de Brecey (Diamant de Semilly x Quouglof Rouge).