The speed class that opened the CSI 5* week at WEF 7 with the victory of the American rider Jessica Springsteen, had to be made in two days by bad weather. Samuel Parot of Chile third. (Photo © Sportfot)
The seventh week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington was to wait for two days to meet the first winner, with US rider Jessica Springsteen who would dominate the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m.
After the competition was paralyzed yesterday, exactly in the midway through a heavy rain and thunderstorm, Jessica Springsteen got before the gale, set a time that would be unbeatable in the speed class and registering 56.41 seconds with the 14-year-old Davendy S (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Pachat II) owned by Stone Hill Farm.
With 50 pairs participating in the field designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio, the winner would secure 50 World Ranking points, while being escorted by US Kristen Vanderveen and 12-year-old gelding Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco) in time of 57.61 seconds.
The leader of the Latin Ranking Samuel Parot of Chile, was fighting for the victory, but ultimately stopped the clock in 58.99 seconds with the 15-year-old gelding Couscous van Orti (Nabab de Reve x Cash) owned by Parot to securing 40 FEI Ranking points, to be the most outstanding by Latinos. For his part, the Venezuelan Emanuel Andrade also finished within the points in the 14th place with the 12-year-old mare Dipssy.