Jessica Springsteen showed the way to the women’s final victory with Amanda Derbyshire in second place and Kristen Vanderveen third. Eduardo Menezes, Luiz Francisco de Azevedo and Luis Pedro Biraben within the points. (Photo © Sportfot)
The start of CSI 5* week at the Winter Equestrian Festival and penultimate 12-week calendar, saw the first class in contention with the victory of American rider Jessica Springsteen.
Getting 50 World Ranking points by completing her course in 24.60 seconds with 14-year-old mare Davendy S (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Pachat II), Springsteen wins for the third time this season the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m, being the main protagonist in the week WEF 5, WEF 7 and now repeated in the week WEF 11. The class that was made Against the clock, had the presence of 54 pairs in a very disputed end of the second to fifth place with a difference of less than 60 hundredths of a second, where the women grabbed the attention with second position of the British Amanda Derbyshire with 11-year-old mare Lady Maria BH (Cartani x Corrado I) in 26.30 seconds and third place was Kristen Vanderveen with 12-year-old stallion Bull Run’s Faustino Teli (Berlin x Darco) registering 26.53 seconds.
The top five was completed by Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze in fourth place with 10-year-old mare Thalis de la Roque (Kannan x Quand viens Tu) in 26.66 seconds, followed by the Irish Richie Moloney in fifth with 15-year-old gelding Slieveanorra (Voltaire x Flagmount Diamond) in a time of 26.93 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking were able to add FEI Ranking points the Brazilians Eduardo Menezes and Luiz Francisco de Azevedo, as well as the Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben. In the case of Menezes, he was the best in 9th place with 13-year-old mare Caruschka 2 (Caspar x Continue) registering 27.69 seconds, de Azevedo for his part escorted him as tenth with 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist) in 27.94 seconds, while Biraben finished in 14th place with 8-year-old Eres Tu, stopping the clock in 29.26 seconds. Out of the Ranking points were Samuel Parot of Chile in 18th position, Paulo Santana of EL Salvador in 39th place and Brazilian Pedro Muylaert finished 42th.