British rider Emily Moffitt took the first 2018 WEF Grand Prix by dominating the $75,000 Rosenbaum PLLC Grand Prix. (Photo © Sportfot)
The Winter Equestrian Festival completed its first week of activities in this 2018 season, resulting the first winner Emily Moffitt from Great Britain.
Being the main class of the WEF 1 and contesting the $75,000 Rosenbaum PLLC Grand Prix on course designed by Eric Hasbrouck of the United States, British rider Emily Moffitt won the first Grand Prix with the 11-year-old mare Tipsy du Terral (Toulon x Quat ‘sous) owned by Poden Farms.
With a total of 44 pairs the first Grand Prix of the season was made and 15 riders won their pass to the jump-off, where 19-year-old rider Emily Moffitt completed her course in 35.50 seconds, in what undoubtedly represents an important comeback for the British, after a 2017 year filled with many ups and downs.
For second place Mattias Tromp of the United States got a time of 37.32 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Chicago Hof Evergem Z (Con Spirito R x Papillon Rouge) owned by Swede Ventures LLC, managing to overcome the favorite of the class and three-time US Olympic medalist McLain Ward, who showed up with 10-year-old mare HH Gigi’s Girl (Vingino x Celano) owned by Double H Farm, finishing his round in 37.71 seconds.
For the Latinos and certainly getting a good start to the WEF season was the Dominican rider Hector Florentino accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Heliante Ter Wilgen (Chin Chin x Surrealist van’t Paradijs) owned by Marion Scott Head, occupying the fourth place in time of 38.14 seconds, while fifth place was taken by Alexa Lowe of the United States with the 10-year-old gelding Udsturm du Lys (Landsturm OLD) in 38.93 seconds.
Also participating by the Latinos Diego Vivero of Ecuador finishing 21st, Celso Ariani of Brazil ranked 28th, Alonso Valdez Prado from Peru was 29th and Chilean rider Samuel Parot finished 36th.