Victory for the Venezuelan rider with mare Dipssy beating the Canadian Ian Millar in the jump-off, where he also ranked fourth. Gianni Gabrielli from Argentina fifth. (Photo © ManciniPhotos)
Strong victory for the young Venezuelan rider during the opening of the 2017 ESP Holiday Festival I in Wellington, managing to dominate the $10,000 Open Stakes presented by TackNRider with a total of 25 pairs.
The class that counted with a tiebreaker, had 6 classified of which 2 were of Emanuel Andrade, marking the time to beat like first in return and stopping the clock in 39.16 seconds with the 7-year-old mare Jenni’s Chance (Clinton I x Heartbreaker). Then the German Wilhelm Genn was able to lower by just 5 hundredths of a second by Andrade, then ask for the lead against Canadian Ian Millar and 8-year-old gelding Vittorio 8 (Valentino DDH x Ramiro’s Bube) who finished their tiebreaking in 38.82 seconds.
Continued the competition and Argentine rider Gianni Gabrielli entered with 8-year-old stallion Dimodo (Quasimodo Z x Calvados) in an impeccable course, but the time his placed was for the third position in 40.14 seconds. Again Ian Millar with his second hourse looked for one-two and managed to establish the best time of the jump-off in 38.05 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Baranus (Balou du Rouet x Centauer Z), although a demolition to total 4 faults left him without a chance to get the first two spots.
Last competitor on the pitch with Emanuel Andrade and his second time to enter at the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, determined to impose the youth before the veteran of one of the most famous riders of the show jumping equestrian world, marking important turns and a very aggressive finish line with the 11-year-old mare Dipssy, to get a time of 37.16 seconds and snatch the Canadian’s win.
For Andrade today’s victory means his third in a month of competition in Wellington, after settled the $10,000 Open Stakes Class finishing first and second in the closing of the 2016 ESP Fall Finals, repeated in the $10,000 Open Stakes Class of the 2016 ESP November, both competitions in November and now their third win marks an important process of preparation for the upcoming 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival season.