Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes won the first CSI3* Zandhoven event at Belgium, taking a 2-cent lead in the jump-off. (Photo © Paardenfotograaf.be)
The Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes conquered with an adjusted difference of 2 hundredths of a second the €25,000 Prijs Centroauto – BMW.
After a long drought of more than 4 months, Eduardo Menezes was able to win his 2017 FEI victory to earn 50 World Ranking Points with the 11-year-old gelding Sunshine (Diamant de Semilly x Hardi) owned by Eurohorse Bvba – Axel Verlooy, completing his jump-off round in 39.14 seconds.
The strong fight at the beginning of the CSI3* Zandhoven in Belgium, had the course design by Belgian Eddy Geysemans with 63 pairs and 18 riders who obtained their classification to the jump-off, where Eduardo Menezes was unbeatable against the Dutchman Williem Greve with the 10-year-old stallion Carrera (Larino Cooper x Contender) obtaining a time of 39.16 seconds.
The top five was with Michael Hughes of the United States in third place alongside 13-year-old stallion Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde) in 39.48 seconds, fourth place Briton William Funnell in 39.55 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Billy Angelo (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Kroongraaf) and fifth place Dutchman Lennard de Boer with the 8-year-old gelding VDL Edgar M (Arezzo Vdl x Marlon) in time of 39.88 seconds.
For Latino Ranking headed by Brazilian Eduardo Menezes, only managed to add FEI Ranking Points his country man and Latino Ranking Leader Pedro Veniss in 13th place with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) in 4 fouls and 40.60 seconds in their jump-off round.
Out of the points for the Latins were Mark Bluman of Colombia in 34th position with the 11-year-old stallion Gamko S (Heartbreaker), Brazilians Marlon Modolo Zanotelli with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly) was 39th and Pedro Muylaert with the 10-year-old gelding Chacote (Apache D’adriers) 40th, both riders with 5 fouls, Federico Fernandez in 49th with the 9-year-old stallion Pegasso (Cassini I) in 8 fouls, Brazilians Cassio Rivetti and Fernando Chiarotto Penteado in places 59th and 60th with 13 and 16 fouls, while Mexican Mariel Victoria Aguirre escorted them in 61st with 17 fouls.