Gonzalo Azcárraga of Mexico took the first place, Juan Manuel Luzardo of Uruguay the second and Pedro Veniss of Brazil the third place. Ashlee Bond of United States fourth. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The second week in Spruce Meadows could not start better for representatives of the Latino Ranking, when Mexican Gonzalo Azcárraga led the first class of the ‘Continental’ CSI5* week by winning the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m in a course designed by Leopoldo Palacios from Venezuela.
Being a long speed class of 97 pairs, Gonzalo Azcárraga presented with the 11-year-old mare Quite Nice 5 (Quality x Landor S) owned by Jaime Azcárraga, stopping the clock in 60.63 seconds and taking off 50 World Ranking Points. The Mexican’s speedy round was backed by presentations of Uruguayan rider Juan Manuel Luzardo, who finished second with a time of 61.51 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Quidandro (Quality x Quidams Rubio) owned by Mauricio Guerra Colorado, adding 45 World Ranking Points and third place, completing a total Latino rebellion by occupying one-two-three, Pedro Veniss of Brazil with 9-year-old Cheindira (Chagall vd Burggrave x Darco) owned by Stephex Stables to recording a time of 62.97 seconds.
The top five finishers were fourth place American rider Ashlee Bond in 63.01 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Ace of Hearts (Ace x Heartbreaker) owned by Little Valley Farm and fifth place was for Daniel Bluman of Israel, with a time of 63.55 seconds next to the 10-year-old mare Bacara D Archonfosse (Asca Z x Kannan).
For the Latino Ranking also added FEI Ranking Points Mexicans Andrés Azcárraga occupying seventh place in 63.77 seconds with the 11-year-old Al Capone (Candillo x Argentinus), Nicolas Pizarro finished eighth with the 10-year-old Temascaltepec RM (Balu de Ruvet x Bachus), taking 63.84 seconds and Jaime Azcárraga in 13th position alongside the 15-year-old stallion with a time of 66.09 seconds.
The two best seedings Kent Farrington World numbers 1 and McLain Ward World number 3, were limited to completing its rounds, airing to several of its horses.