The American rider got a 10-cent lead over Irish Richie Moloney for the win. Eugenio Garza from Mexico third, Pablo Barrios of Venezuela fifth and Venezuelan Luis Larrazabal sixth to be the most outstanding Latinos. (Photo © Jack Mancini)
To mark the beginning of the week CSI 4* 2017 Holiday & Horses in Wellington, a real fight and great show of qualities among the fastest riders was in contention of the first points to the FEI WorldRanking, when a total of 63 pairs animated the $35,000 Noble Outfitters Holiday & Horses Opener.
Making it clear that she has become one of the fastest today’s rider, American Jessica Springsteen managed to stop the clock in 58.95 seconds with the 13-year-old mare Davendy S (Kashimir van Schuttershof x Pachat II) owned by Stone Hill Farm, to earn 50 FEI Ranking points and $11,550 for the first place.
Nothing easy would be the victory for the young rider, who had to overcome by only 10 hundredths of a second to the always effective and fast rider Richie Moloney of Ireland. For Moloney, who presented with 15-year-old gelding Alsvid (Equine Shield Ix Azur), completed his regular round in 59.05 seconds to get a 23-cent advantage over the Mexican Eugenio Garza, Of better figuration by the Latin Ranking.
Garza, who has gradually established himself as one of the main exponents of the world equestrian show jumper for Mexico, added 40 World Ranking points with his third position to be very close to surpassing both Moloney and Springsteen, being this time his partner was the 15-year-old gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy), with which he would end his journey in 59.28 seconds.
The good performances by the representatives of the Latin Ranking did not remain in Garza only, a good group managed to appear within the points with Pablo Barrios of Venezuela finishing fifth with the 11-year-old mare Charity 33 (Cayetano L x C-Indoctro) in 60.30 seconds. Barrios was escorted by his compatriot Luis Fernando Larrzabal and G and C Close Up (Eurocommerce Washington x Cobra) in time of 60.50 seconds, while another Venezuelan, in this case Daniel Stransky finished her court in 67.74 seconds to fill the position 14th along with 13-year-old gelding Wauw (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) and Maria Brugal from the Dominican Republic would complete the group with points in 15th place and the 11-year-old mare Southern Comfort (Corrado I) in 68.33 seconds.
The fastest time in the class that was evaluated by speed, was achieved by the Chilean Samuel Parot in 57.69 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Quick Du Pottier (Hurlevent de Breka x Cuba), but they demolished a pole totalizing 4 faults that they put him in 17th place.