Brazilian Fabio Da Costa easily dominated the closing class of the ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4*, achieving a 6 second advantage against Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade. (Photo © AnneGittinsPhotography)
The closing class of the ESP Holiday & Horses at Wellington had total Latino protagonism with the victory of Brazilian rider Fabio Da Costa.
After completing a regular round with 40 pairs in the dispute of $25,000 Omega Alpha Grand Prix, the course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge watched as only 6 riders returned to the tiebreaker with his fellowman Fabio Da Costa in main protagonic.
Marking Fabio Da Costa the pace in the tiebreaker round and achieving a clear advantage against his closest rival, the Latino riders monopolized the main positions, where the winner was presented with the 10-year-old mare Tosca de L’Esques (Cardento x Apache D’Adriers) and stopped the clock in 39.73 seconds.
Being only two riders who managed to complete the double clear round, Fabio Da Costa maintained a distance of 6 seconds before the young Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, where both riders also classified their two horses to the jump-off, finishing in second place Emanuel Andrade with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme) in 45.83 seconds.
For third place Samuel Parot of Chile got a good round in 42.23 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Dazzle White (Calvino Z x Narcos II), but he knocked down a pole and Fabio Da Costa himself imitated him with the 12-year-old gelding Fape Fox Trot vd Padenborre (Chin Chin x Fleuri du Manoir) in fourth place on 4 fouls and time of 44.33 seconds.
The jump-off was completed by Liubov Kochetova of Russia with the 9-year-old gelding Veneno (Chacco-Blue x Balou du Rouet), completing 4 fouls rounds in 44.98 seconds ranked fifth and again Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela with his second horse, the 11-year-old gelding Bon Jovi (Verdi x Corland) finished sixth with accumulated of 8 faults and 40.93 seconds.
Also participating were Latinos Carlos Myrrha of Brazil occupying the tenth place, Eugenio Garza of Mexico 14th, Paulo Santana of El Salvador 22nd, Brazilian Celso Ariani finished 28th, Carlos Graziani of Puerto Rico ranked 32nd, while Eduardo Menezes of Brazil and Mexican Manuel Lecuona were retiring.