Daniel Bluman of Israel took the last victory of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid, being the difference of 39 hundredths of second between first and fourth place. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The last class of the CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid, was won by Israeli rider Daniel Bluman, dominating the Volvo Trophy that distributed a total of €100,000 deciding the competition in a very exciting tiebreaker round.
Under course design by the Spaniard Santiago Varela Ullastres, 46 pairs animated the regular round, then gave way to the 12 riders tiebreaker round of which 7 would complete their double clear rounds. That was how Daniel Bluman accompanied the 10-year-old mare Bacara d’Archonfosse (Asca Z x Kannan) completed their round in 38.07 seconds, which led to a prize of €33,000 and 100 World Ranking points.
The strong fight remained until fourth place, being the difference in time of 39 hundredths of a second from the first to fourth place, where second position was taken by Belgian rider Pieter Devos with 12-year-old gelding Apart (Larino x Burggraaf) recording a time of 38.17 seconds, while his fellowman Jerome Guery followed in 38.45 seconds with 11-year-old stallion Garfield de Tiji Des Templiers (Quasimodo Z x Goldspring de Lauzelle) and fourth place World No. 9 and ex-leader of FEI Ranking Simon Delestre of France, completing his course in 38.46 seconds with 12-year-old stallion Chadino (Chacco-Blue x Narew XX).
For other hand US rider Laura Kraut of Pan American Ranking was ranked fifth, appearing with Constable II (Harley Vdl x Lupicor) a 10-year gelding in time of 40.35 seconds.
Passing to Latino Ranking Pedro Veniss finished in eighth place, losing a valuable opportunity to take the victory, after stopping the clock in 37.86 seconds, best time of the jump-off, but knocks down a pole with 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) to add 40 World Ranking points. Out of the points was Enrique González of Mexico in a field of 8 fouls along with Quilebo du Tillard (For Pleasure x Quat’Sous) at 25th, his fellowman José Alfredo Hernández Ortega totaled 13 fouls in 34th place with Grupo Prom Rahmmannshof Before (Tenerife Vdl x Matterhorn) and Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade did it in 20 fouls with 12-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan) in 37th place.