Irish David Blake got the victory as last to return to the tiebreaker, concluding the ESP Year End Awards week at Wellington. (Photo © AnneGittinsPhotography)
Irish rider David Blake won the $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix, concluding the activities of the ESP Year End Awards week.
Disputing the Grand Prix at the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, David Blake was returning last for the tie-breaker next to the 11-year-old gelding Goldbreaker (Heartbreaker x Jus de Pomme) owned by Gochman Sport Horses, LLC, taking the victory in 41.99 seconds.
The course designed by American Anthony D’Ambrosio had 24 pairs encouraging the regular round and only 3 qualified riders to the jump-off, where Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade wrote down his name twice.
Precisely Emanuel Andrade got the first double clear round with the 8-year-old mare Jenni’s Chance (Clinton I x Heartbreaker) in 44.34 seconds, with which he would ultimately finish in third place and then return with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme), getting a time of 43.57 seconds with what looked like his second double clear a sure victory.
Just left David Blake’s jump-off round, all attention was focused on Irish rider robbing the young Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, escorting the winner with a second and a third place.
The Latino riders maintained good figuration in the Grand Prix with Guatemalan rider Alvaro Tejada finishing fourth, being penalized with 2 fouls for exceeding the time allowed with the 15-year-old mare Voltaral Palo Blanco (Voltaire x Contender), same luck as American rider Nicolas Dello Joio in fifth place with the 9-year-old gelding Virgo DC (Verdi x Argentinus) in 3 fouls.
Also participated by Latinos Roberto Daza of Bolivia finishing 11th, followed by Peruvian rider Alonso Valdez Prado in 12th place, Juan Hidalgo of Venezuela ranked 17th and Alexis Trosch of Argentina escorted him in 18th place.