Gustavo Prato of Argentina and his mare Carna Z made an impeccable and speedy tiebreaker to overcome Ailish Cunniffe and Venezuelan Emanuel Andrade. (Photo © Sportfot)
Argentine rider Gustavo Prato won the $35,000 Neue Schule Bits Grand Prix of 2017 ESP Spring II, marking the end of second week of activities at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.
After achieving good results during the Winter Equestrian Festival in company of 12-year-old mare Carna Z (Crown Z x Gannus), Prato today led in an effective, fast and masterful way to ensure one of the most important victories in his career, Leading a tiebreaker round of 8 qualifiers by scoring a time of 33.59 seconds on a course designed by Catsy Cruz from Mexico.
With 19 pairs encouraging regular round, a technical field would reduce the group, where time difference between 8 classified barely exceeded 1.50 seconds. Second place was Ailish Cunniffe with 12-year-old gelding Baloucet 2 (Baloubet du Rouet x Cento) in 34.44 seconds, while third place was taken by Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela in 34.76 seconds with 16-year-old gelding U (Monaco x Calypso) and also got second best time of the tiebreak in 33.77 seconds with 14-year-old stallion Hardrock Z (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z) knocking down a pole that placed him sixth. The group of Top 5 most stacked were completed by German Wilhelm Genn in 34.88 seconds with Bugatti (Heartbreaker x Pilot) and fifth Derek Petersen with Diamant’s Legacy in 34.93 seconds.
Latinos also participated Colombian Ilan Bluman, Jose Roberto Reynoso and Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil and Paulo Santana of El Salvador.
Although Prato came from adding his first World Ranking points in 2017 WEF with a fourth place in CSI 4* week as most outstanding result and his first participation in Nations Cup representing Argentina, today is the first Grand Prix that Wins in United States of America.