Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade was brilliant in his tie-breaker round as last in the order, securing a victory at the conclusion of 2018 ESP Holiday I. (Photo © AAPM)
Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade completed an excellent week in the 2018 ESP Holiday I, winning today the $25,000 Ultima Fitness Grand Prix.
After taking last week’s second place at the 2018 Year End Awards Grand Prix escorting the Irish David Blake and finishing second place at Welcome this week behind Canadian rider Ian Millar, today Emanuel Andrade as final qualifier to the jump-off round achieved an exciting victory.
Being the first of two double clear round in the tiebreaker round with 7 classified riders, Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade added his tenth won Grand Prix in the US, stopping the clock in 41.90 seconds with the 16-year-old gelding U (Monaco x Calypso).
The world number 146 and Latino Ranking number 12 Emanuel Andrade entered the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, with the firm intention of reducing the time achieved by American rider Liza Finsness with the 12-year-old gelding Shiver (Stakkato x Grannus) in 43.92 seconds, resulting the second and last double clear round of the class, remaining with the second place.
For third place Michael Morrissey of the United States got the fastest time of the tiebreak in 38.61 seconds with the 11-year-old mare La Lopez 3 (Lenardo x Landstreicher), but he knocked down a pole totaling 4 fouls, followed in fourth place by Alex Granato in 39.33 seconds with the 14-year-old mare Waomi (Lupicor x Boreas) and fifth place for US Nicholas Dello Joio with the 10-year-old gelding Cantino 9 (Calido I x Cassini I) in 4 faults and 45.16 seconds.
For the Latino delegation Diego Vivero of Ecuador also participated finishing 12th, Alvaro Tejada of Guatemala escorting him in 13th place and Argentines Alexis Trosch and Gianni Gabrielli retired.