Venezuelan Emanuel Andrade secured his first 2017 FEI victory, completing a formidable jump-off round to beat American Aaron Vale. (Photo © Sportfot)
Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade gave a big exhibition at the Tryon International Equestrian Center’s Grass Complex, securing his first 2017 FEI victory in the $35,000 1.45m Tryon Challenge CSI 2*.
Replacing himself with a difficult last night at the Grand Prix, Emanuel Andrade showed how to turn the page, after suffering with his two horses a huge fall with one and the other with accumulated 24 foul in the 52nd position, being precisely the last horse his pair Bon Jovi (Verdi x Corland), an 11-year-old gelding owned by Andrade, with which he secured the victory to reach 50 World Ranking Points.
Accumulating a diversity of victories in recent years that have earned him the distinction of being the overall rider at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Emanuel Andrade was impeccable and perfect in his performance with Bon Jovi to stop the clock in 38.46 seconds, which represented the second FEI victory in his career.
The course designed by German Martin Otto, marked the closing of 2017 Tryon Summer VIII CSI 2*, presenting a complicated field for 34 pairs, of which 5 classified to the jump-off with Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela at the head. The second place was for American rider Aaron Vale, completing the last double clear round in 40.14 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Stakko (Stakkatol x Caspa), while the Thursday’s winner Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain, finished in third place with the 11-year-old mare Sibell BH (Calvaro x Narcos II) in 4 fouls and 37.40 seconds.
“My horse is fast and I think today was our day,” Andrade said. “I am very happy with the result, everything came out perfect for us to win. Sometimes you need to have a good luck, Bon Jovi is definitely a winner and he always tries to get it right, I’m very happy to have it,” he said.