Eduardo Menezes of Brazil flew in the opening of the ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4* in Wellington to command the Latino rebellion occupying six of the first eight places. (Photo © AnneGittinsPhotography)
Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes flew at the opening of the ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4* 2017 in Wellington, winning the $35,000 Holiday & Horses GP Opener.
Being a true rebellion on part of the Latino Ranking riders in the speed class and course designed by also Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, his fellowman Eduardo Menezes showed the way in such a demanding round with the 13-year-old mare Caruschka 2 (Caspar x Continue) owned by E2 Stables, stopping the clock in 62.25 seconds.
The fast exhibition earned him 50 World Ranking Points for Eduardo Menezes, who managed to beat American rider Brianne Goutal and her 14-year-old gelding Fineman (Feliciano x Beach Boy) by 40 hundredths of a second, marking 62.65 seconds while the third place was by young Mexican rider Eugenio Garza with another excellent presentation, along with his 16-year-old gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy) in a time of 63.14 seconds, taking the Central American rider a total of 40 World Ranking Points.
For the top five classified and cutting what was the Latino rebellion, occupying six of the first eight places was Irish rider Darragh Kenny seizing fourth place with the 9-year-old gelding Important de Muze (Erco van’t Roosakker x Nabab de Reve) in 63.17 seconds and fifth was for another Brazilian rider with Luiz Francisco de Azevedo, recording a time of 63.28 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist) and adding FEI Ranking points too.
Also added points by latinos Alberto Michán from Mexico, completing two effective rounds that earned him finishing sixth and seventh with the 9-year-old mare Inouk P (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Darco) in 64.27 seconds and 64.39 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Glasgow de Muze (Andiamo x Parco).
It closed the Latino rebellion Luis Pedro Bariben of Argentina, appearing with the 14-year-old mare Polytelle owned by M. Madero & Maria Florencia Cacabelos, finishing his round in 65.27 seconds.
Out of the points by the Latinos were Juan Ortiz of Venezuela in 22nd place with the 16-year-old gelding Nenuphar’Jac (Cumano x Pidayack) in a 4-fault and 66.78 seconds field, the former latino Ranking leader Samuel Parot from Chile ranked 31st with 13-year-old stallion Thriller P (Cardento x Lucky Light) with 4 fouls, Santiago Lambre from Mexico completed a fasted round in 62.37 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding D’Artagnan (Mr Blue x Carthago), but totalized 8 fouls in 34th place and Gianni Gabrielli of Argentina with the same 8 fouls accompanied by the 9-year-old stallion Dimodo (Quasimodo Z x Calvados) finished 38th.