The Irish Olympic medalist completed an excellent week dominating the Nations Cup with his team and winning the most important class of the week. Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela fifth. (Photo © ESI Photography)
To close the CSI 4* Ocala was held the $100,000 City of Ocala in a very complicated course, demanding and a time determining factor designed by the Brazilian Marina Azevedo.
With only 3 qualifiers for the jump-off, Irishman Cian O’Connor took the win on a fast-paced course with 11-year-old gelding Seringat (Chef Rouge x Guillaume Tell) owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd, after qualifying with a little luck, the Olympic medalist was credited with 80 World Ranking points and $33,000 with the first place.
The struggle to determine the winner could be seen in the adjusted result, the difference being the first to the third was 64 hundredths of a second. The second spot was occupied by the brilliant American rider Bezzie Madden and 11-year-old stallion Breitiling LS (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Wexner, getting a time of 41.43 seconds and Ali Wolff took the third and last double clear round of the Grand Prix, putting up a time of 41.86 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Casall (Casall x Capitol I) owned by Blacklick Bend Farm.
The best rider for the Latin Ranking was the Venezuelan Emanuel Andrade completing a field without knockdown, but exceeded the time allowed for the regular round being penalized with 1 foul in 83.86 seconds, to take fifth place with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quincy, Holst x Alme), result that allowed him to add 50 FEI Ranking points in a week that allowed him to accredit a good amount of points. The other Latino who finished within the points to the Longines Ranking was also Venezuelan Pablo Barrios in position 15th, breaking down the last fence of the course and adding 1 more foul by time, totaling 5 fouls with the 14-year-old mare A S D Farfala (Hyo Dario x Furious II) in time of 81.03 seconds.
Out of the points were Juan Manuel Gallego of Colombia in the 17th place, Roberto Terán of Colombia too in 21st, followed by the Mexicans Arturo Parada Vallejo in box 22th, Alberto Sánchez-Cozar in the 26th position and Gustavo Ramos of 33th, closing Salvadoran Paulo Santana who retired during his execution.
The best seed of the event and number 3 of the world McLain Ward of the United States of America, culminated in the 11th place in court of 4 fouls with the 16-year-old gelding Rothchild (Artos x Elegant de l’Ile).