Irish rider Darragh Kenny rode swiftly for his first FEI victory of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival, marking the beginning of the third week at Wellington. (Photo © Sportfot)
Irish rider Darragh Kenny scored his first win at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival, riding fast the $ 35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic.
The third week of the WEF 2018 began with the victory in Two Phases for the Irish Darragh Kenny and the participation of 54 pairs on course designed by Canadian Peter Grant.
Introducing himself with the 10-year-old gelding Important de Muze (Erco Van T Roosakker x Reve Nabab) owned by Kenny Anne LLC, Darragh Kenny secured his first win of the season in Wellington and 50 World Ranking points, currently be world number 61.
Coming out as number 16 for Darragh Kenny, he completed his two phases in time of 30.98 seconds and was escorting in second place by Canadian rider Erynn Ballard in time of 31.18 seconds with the 10-year-old stallion Don’s Diamant (Diamant de Semilly x Phin Phin) owned by Ilan Ferder & Tal Milstein.
The top five qualified were American rider Laura Chapot with the 13-year-old gelding Chandon Blue (Chacco-Blue x Landcapitol) in 31.19 seconds ranked third, French Marie Hecart with the 9-year-old mare Vahinee (Lauterbach x Darco) in 31.77 seconds finished in fourth place and Scott Lenkart of the United States with the 14-year-old gelding Ziezo (Number One x Ulft) was fifth in a time of 31.79 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking Santiago Lambre of Mexico finished in sixth place, registering a time of 31.95 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Hip Living (Hip Hop x Quite Easy), the former Latin Ranking leader Samuel Parot of Chile finished eighth with the 13-year-old gelding Harley’s Hero VT (harley VDL x Indorado) in 32.03 seconds and Fabio Leivas Da Costa of Brazil in 12th place with the 11-year-old mare Tosca de L’Esques (Cardento x Apache d’Adriers) in 21.17 seconds.
Out of the points by Latin rider were Eduardo Menezes of Brazil marking the best time of the two phases in 29.90 seconds plus 4 fouls accompanied by the 14-year-old mare Caruschka 2 (Caspar x Continue) in 26th place, Diego Vivero ( ECU) 27th, Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) 31st, Pedro Muylaert (BRA) 35th, Carlos Hank Gerreiro (BRA) 39th, Felipe Amaral (BRA) 40th and Eugenio Garza (MEX) 48th.
The best seed of the class, world number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States, completed his round in 4 fouls and 31.55 seconds in a distant 29th place with the 12-year old gelding Sherkan d’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star).