The Venezuelan rider begins the new year as he finished 2016, adding a new victory in two very effective months of Wellington season, marking his seventh Grand Prix won in the United States. (Photo © ManciniPhotos)
The first Grand Prix class of 2017 was a constant of those shown by the Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade in the last two months of 2016 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, adding a new victory in the $30,000 UHealth Grand Prix.
With a total of 38 pairs presented the big competition of the 2017 ESP New Years Show week, constituting the first Grand Prix of the New Year at the International Arena in Wellington and another great demonstration by Emanuel Andrade.
Not easy was the course that ended with the classification of 6 pairs to the tiebreaker and an important modification in the time of the regular round, where the Venezuelan was classified with the 16-year-old gelding Nokia de Brekka (Quick Star x Apache D’Adriers), getting the first clear round of the class.
Winner with Nokia de Brekka his last Grand Prix in December of 2016, Andrade repeated with his horse to increase to seven the Grand Prizes won in the United States of America, not bad the figure, for a young man who accumulates 20 springs.
Being the first to return in the jump-off and with a second round as long as the initial, Emanuel set an unbeatable time with two very tight turns, which would undoubtedly demand the rest of the qualifiers and stopping the clock in 42.67 seconds, surpassing Jackson Brittan, two-time Olympic medalist Leslie Howard and fast Irishman rider Shane Sweetnam.
The second place was occupied by Brittan with 14-year-old gelding Easy Contact Humlan (Quite Easy I x Electro) who completed their tour in 45.56 seconds, while Leslie Howard was the last double clear of the day with the 9-year-old mare Up and Blue Chapelle (Chacco Blue x Fergar Mail) in time of 45.81 seconds.
Shane Sweetnam demanded to the maximum effort his 9-year-old gelding Cobolt (Cyklon x Camaro M), knocking two poles looking for victory and totaling 8 fouls in 42.52 seconds.
For Andrade, who accumulates an important amount of Grand Prix in his short career, along with Nokia de Brekka he registers two victories and a second place, undoubtedly representing one of his main horses in his team.