Latin victory in a great day headed by the Brazilian Jose Roberto Reynoso, who obtains the most important victory of its career, being escorted by the leader of the Pan American Ranking and world number 2 Kent Farrington. (Photo © Sportfot)
The tenth Grand Prix of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival had a Latin flavor in the $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*, with the victory of the Brazilian Jose Roberto Reynoso to credited 100 World Ranking points.
With a total of 45 pairs qualified to participate in the Grand Prix designed by the Canadian Michel Vaillancourt, only 6 would return for the tiebreaker and 4 would repeat for the double clear round, where the world number 373 achieved the best result in his professional career by stopping the clock in 35.57 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Galip (Nonstop x Feo). After being part of the Brazilian Olympic team in London 2012, the year in which he left to compete for Europe in preparation for the top sporting event, Reynoso (37), has only competed in his country over the years, undoubtedly this victory was doubly gratifying, to win in Wellington, where he competes for the first time and beating the leader of the Pan American Ranking and world number 2 US Kent Farrington.
For Farrington, runner-up was presented with 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) recording a time of 36.23 seconds, while young Eve Jobs and 10-year-old gelding Tiny Toon Semilly (Diamant of Semilly x Kannan), took the third place in which it also represented the best result of her career in 36.23 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking led by Jose Roberto Reynoso, had two more representatives culminating in the FEI Ranking points with the fourth place of the Colombian Roberto Terán and last double clear of the night, completing his course in 38.25 seconds with 12-year-old gelding Brilliant Du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z), worth 60 World Ranking points. For his part, the Mexican Santiago Lambre took 25 World Ranking points occupying the 11th position with 11-year-old mare Aymara des Bergeries (Canturo x Cavalier Royale). Out of the points were Diego Vivero of Ecuador in 21st, Eugenio Garza of Mexico in the 31st place, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil in position 35th, Alonso Valdez Prado of Peru in 38th and Samuel Parot of Chile retired.