Captain Canada Ian Millar and American star Bezzie Madden shared first place in tiebreaking rounds for the second date of the 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters. Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil from Latin Ranking culminated seventh. (Photo © Taylor Renner / Phelps Sports)
The second day of competitions in the 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters CSI 3*-W in Wellington, FL, had a division of honors in the first position between the Canadian Ian Millar and the American Bezzie Madden.
Under the course design of Alan Wade and Nigel Jess, a total of 97 pairs were looking to qualify for Sunday’s Grand Prix with the top 40 finishers securing their pass but today in the $35,000 Sovaro Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier, 12 would be able to complete a clear round, ensuring their pass to the tiebreaker.
Returning only 9 of the qualifiers to decide the winner, Captain Canada Ian Millar culminated with 14-year-old gelding Dixson (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco) owned by Susan and Ariel Grange in 38.26 seconds. In what was a duel of Olympic medalists, Bezzie Madden and 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Wexner, was the second fastest time in 39.80 seconds, but by California Split rule, shared the first place in money ($ 11,550) and World Ranking Points (50 points).
Be two of the jump-off groups, led by Millar had 4 perfect courses with the Americans Laura Kraut in the second place, Jessica Springsteen in third and the Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya in fourth. For Group 2, they were 3 double clear with the second position for US Taylor Land and third US Katherine Dinan.
For the Latin Ranking the most outstanding was the Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil occupying the seventh place, exceeding the agreed time for the regular round and penalized with 1 foul with 12-year-old gelding Iron Chin vh Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Nimmerdor). Out of the World Ranking points chance, but securing his place at Sunday’s Grand Prix, Pablo Barrios and 14-year-old mare A S D Farfala (Hyo Dario x Furious II) dropped a pole to totaling 4 fouls in 79.06 seconds during the regular round, finishing in the 30th position.
Also participating Yuri Mansur from Brazil, being ranked 41th by Chile Jorge Matte did in 43rd place, both with 4 fouls, Enrique González from México completed his performance with 5 fouls in the 54th position, his fellowmen Eugenio Garza doit in 60th with 8 fouls, Angel Karoly of Venezuela with 12 fouls in 74th, Argentine Ramiro Quintana in 80th with 13 fouls, Alonso Valdez Prado of Peru with the same amount in 82th, Venezuelan Daniela Stransky with 14 fouls in the 85th position, while Alvaro Tejada of Guatemala and Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina with 16 fouls finished of 87th and 88th, and Mexican Alberto Michán retired.