The American rider led a group of 21 runners-up representing their third FEI victory with World Ranking points. Jorge Matte from Chile and Juan Andrés Larrazabal from Venezuela stood out. (Photo © Sportfot)
The second parallel week of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival between the CSI 5* and CSI 2*, began with the victory of the American rider Emma Heise during the realization of the $35,000 1.45m CSI 2* with a jump-off.
After starting the regular round 67 pairs, a total of 21 would qualify for the jump-off and it was where the young Heise with 13-year-old gelding Quentucky Jolly (Nirvana V, KWPN) would get to add its third FEI victory to register a time of 35.89 seconds. In total women’s dominance, second place was Nicole Walker and 12-year-old mare Falco van Spkeveld (Toulon x Lys De Darmen) scoring 37.29 seconds and third place was the British Amanda Derbyshire with 10-year-old gelding Calais (Ultimo x Tangelo van Zuuthoeve) in 37.35 seconds.
The delegation of the Latin Ranking had good figures with six riders entering within the World Ranking points earn, led by the Chilean Jorge Matte in the 7th position alongside Caballo (Verdi x Concorde) with two perfect rounds in 39.66 seconds. Also the Venezuelan Juan Andres Larrazabal obtained two clean rounds with Alasca LV Z (Asca Z) in 40.50 seconds to occupy the ninth place. The Mexican Eugenio Garza recorded the best time of the jump-off in 35.08 seconds with Armani SL Z (Asca Z x Cumano), but they demolished a pole to finishing in the 11th position, followed in the 12th place by the Brazilian Pedro Muylaert, winner of the CSI 3* Grand Prix last week, culminating his court in 4 fouls and 38.53 seconds with Cellagon Corray (Varetino x Corrado I), while the Puerto Rican Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4 (Baloubet Du Rouet x Grosso Z) stopped the clock in 40.75 seconds with 4 fouls in box 15th, closing the group Paulo Stewart of Brazil in 16th position accumulating 8 fouls in 38.03 seconds with Allegro van de Donkhoeve (Mr Blue x Robin Z).