The Irish rider Conor Swail dominated the speed class of the CSI3* Langley surpassing with tie in second place by Mexican Eugenio Garza and French Eric Navet. (Photo © Moi Photography)
Irish rider Conor Swail dominated the $35,000 Maui Jim Welcome speed class, to open the CSI3* Langley week.
The event which was attended by 44 pairs on course designed by Irishman Alan Wade, marked the beginning of second week in the Thunderbird Show Park with the very fast exhibition by Conor Swail.
Featuring with the 12-year-old mare Flower (Van Ami x Randel Z) owned by Vanessa Mannix and Conor Swail, the Irishman stopped the clock in 64.48 seconds to secure 50 World Ranking Points and to overcome in a close fight the riders Eugenio Garza of Mexico and Eric Navet of France.
In the case of Eugenio Garza, the only latino Ranking representative in Langley, he completed his round in 65.53 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Victer Finn DH Z (Va Vite x Stakkato) owned by Axel Verlooy Euro Horse Bvba, obtaining with his second place 45 World Ranking Points in two very productive weeks for the Central American rider.
For his part French Olympic medalist Eric Navet marked the same time as Garza in 65.53 seconds to decree the draw, along with the 11-year-old gelding Basimodo (Quasimodo Z x Codexco) owned by Signe Ostby. Completed the Top 5 in fourth and fifth place the Americans Mandy Porter with the 12-year-old gelding Milano (Orlando x Pomme Royal) in 65.59 seconds and Zazou Hoffman with the 13-year-old gelding Samson II (Cardento x Bellini) in 67.33 seconds.