Eric Navet of France marked the victory as first in the star order of tiebreaker, to accumulate 16 achievements in FEI events. Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela second as best Latino. (Photo © Lenore Phillips)
The first week of the CSI 3* Kentucky Spring Horse Show’s first-round class was a winner the French rider Eric Navet, who got the best time of tiebreaker, being the first in star order.
For the $130,000 Hollow Creek Farm CSI 3* Grand Prix, a total of 50 pairs hosted the regular round on course designed by Marina Azevedo of Brazil, to give way to the tiebreak with just 7 qualifiers. Eric Navet was very effective to ride the 10-year-old gelding Catypso (Catoki x Calypso II) stopping the cock in 40.65 seconds, which would represent an unbeatable time for the rest of classified, who failed to reach the Frenchman, who took 100 World Ranking points plus a prize of $32,500.
For Latino Ranking, the Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade stood out, being the last to return for the jump-off and remaining only 11 hundredths of a second over the winner, in a good course with 11-year-old gelding Bon Jovi (Verdi x Corland), getting 80 World Ranking points with his second place. Argentina’s Gustavo Prato finished sixth in a 4 faults jump-off round and 43.39 seconds with 12-year-old mare Carna Z (Crown Z x Grannus), to score 50 FEI Ranking points, while Santiago Lambre of México with 9-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender x Darnels) in ninth position, Paulo Steward of Brazil along with veteran horse of 17-year-old Allegro van de Donkhoeve (Mr. Blue x Robin Z) placed 11th and Samuel Parot of Chile finished 12th with 14-year-old gelding Atlantis (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L) and also appeared to obtain points in their respective accounts of May month.
Also participating Ilan Bluman of Colombia occupying the 19th position, Pablo Barrios of Venezuela in 21st position, Mexican Eugenio Garza in 36th, Brazilian rider Luiz Francisco de Azevedo at 37th and Juan Manuel Gallego of Colombia in 39th position.