Big and comfortable victory for the Colombian rider who had no enemies surpassing by more than four seconds to his closest follower in the jump-off. (Photo © ESI Photography)
Penultimate FEI class in the CSI 4* HITS Ocala and Colombian Daniel Bluman was the winner in the dispute of $34,600 HITS Jumper Classic with a clear advantage over the Australian Scott Keach and American Lauren Hough.
Bluman that could make big lead on its jump-off way with the 10-year-old mare Conconcreto Believe (Ukato x Burggraaf) owned by Blue Star Investments & Alberto SIMH of more than 4 seconds, ended his presentation in time of 44.23 seconds. The class began with 45 pairs only 3 accompanied the Colombian who added 50 World Ranking points and $11,418 for his position.
For the second place Scott Keach and 11-year-old gelding Viriato (Riesling du Monselet x Randel Z) marked the second and final double clear in time of 48.45 seconds, mining Lauren Hough with her partner of 12-year-old Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento) owned by The Ohlala Group finished with the best record of 42.50 seconds, but eight faults eliminated any chance of victory for the US rider.
Latin delegation was felt in this class with five more members completing their respective rounds within the group of top 16 qualifiers, which are able to score FEI Ranking points. Mexican Eugenio Garza and Empire will Wuitenshof (Malito de Reves x Alme) took fourth place with 12 faults in the jump-off. Or part by the Colombian Mauricio Guevara escorted him in fifth place with Capano Z (Carthago x Heartbreaker) in a near-perfect pitch in the regular round which was affected by over-time and 2 fouls penalty. The seventh position was another Colombian Mark Bluman and Uitteraard (Numero Uno x Burggraaf) knocking down an obstacle and a total of four faults in 77.51 seconds, followed by Mexican Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado in the eighth with Tino la Chapelle (Mylord Carthago x Verdi) with the same 4 fouls and time of 77.62 seconds, while the Dominican Hector Florentino stood in 15th place with Allure G (x Orama Arkansas) with 4 faults in 80.71 seconds.