The American rider Hunter Holloway surpassed by 32 hundredths of a second to Captain Canada Ian Millar. Eugenio Garza from Mexico and Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela stood out for the Latinos. (Photo © ESI Photography)
The second date of the CSI 4* Ocala and preparing the environment for the Nations Cup, was disputed the $41,200 Thurday Prix with the victory for the young American rider Hunter Holloway, who managed to surpass by just 32 hundredths of a second to Captain Canada Ian Millar in the tiebreaker.
With 11-year-old gelding VDL Bravos S (Ephepe for Ever x Chellano Z) owned by Virginia T. Bartholomay & Hays Investment Corp., dominated the jump-off round with a total of 8 classified in a class that started with 55 pairs. Registering a time of 39.46 seconds, Hunter was getting his first win of the week managing to keep away Canadian duo Ian Millar and Isabelle Lapierre, owners of second and third place.
To Millar his time was of 39,78 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Dixon (Vigo of Arsouilles x Olisco) owned by Susan an Ariel Grande and in the case of Lapierre completed her field in 40.75 seconds, representing the last double clear round of the competition, alongside the 10-year-old mare Cescha M (Diamilly de Semilly x Calando IV) owned by Lapierre.
For the Latin Ranking Eugenio Garza from Mexico and Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela scored for the tiebreaker, scoring faster times than the winner, but they shot down a pole each, leaving them with no chance of victory. Garza was presented with 16-year-old gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy) marking 37.61 seconds in fourth place, while Andrade and Bonjovi (Verdi x Corland) an 11-year-old gelding, did so in 4 faults and 39.18 seconds in the sixth position adding World Ranking points, with 35 points being Mexican and 25 points to Venezuelan rider.
Also participated Pablo Barrios of Venezuela finalized of 17th, his fellowman Juan Ortíz followed in place 28th, the Mexicans Arturo Parada Vallejo and Alberto Sanchez-Cozar in positions 33rd and 37th, Andrea Torres Guerreiro of Colombia in 41st position and Roberto Terán from Colombia too, opted to retire.