Juan Pablo Betancourt win Overall Gold Medal at 2017 Bolivarian Games.

Juan Pablo Betancourt completed an excellent last day for Colombia in the Bolivarian Games and won the Overall gold medal, Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela hang silver and Ruben Arroyave of Colombia with bronze. (Photo © Luis Barbosa)


In a last day full of many emotions at the Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Betancourt assured in a perfect afternoon the Overall Gold Medal and Overall.

Leading the 26 riders who reached third qualifier, Juan Pablo Betancourt of Colombia secured the third gold medal for his country in the XVIII 2017 Bolivarian Games Santa Marta, totaling 3.70 fouls.

Introducing Juan Pablo Betancourt with the 9-year-old gelding Clovis van de Helle, step by step he did the little things and did not force mistakes, which allowed him to complete the three days of competition in a perfect way.

Becoming the only rider to finish a three days clear, despite being in a distant position in the first qualifier (Speed), occupying the 12th place to then record a clear round in second qualifier (team competition) and today in the Grand Prix was one of the two riders who made his two perfect rounds, thus ensuring the overall gold medal.

The silver medal was for Venezuela with his best rider Emanuel Andrade registered 4 won medals, the only one to achieve for this 2017 Bolivarian Games, totaling 4.01 fouls and losing the gold medal in today’s second round, knocking down a pole with his 12-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan).

Juan Pablo Betancourt win Gold Medal at 2017 Bolivarian Games.

The Colombian riders who took full leadership from second qualification, also obtained the bronze medal with Ruben Arroyave and his 12-year-old mare Castañuela (Chacco-Blue), being the global for him of 4.12 faults, knocking down like Emanuel Andrade in his second round.

Ultimately the three days of competition left a first day with Gold for Ecuador, Silver for Venezuela and Bronze for Colombia, followed in the team competition Gold medal for Colombia, Silver medal Ecuador and Bronze to Venezuela, while Colombia assured Gold medal and Silver in the Grand Prix with Venezuela taking Bronze and in the overall riders Gold and Bronze for Colombia, being Silver for Venezuela.

The total of medals were Colombia three of Gold, one of Silver and two of Bronze. Ecuador finished with one Gold and one Silver and Venezuela did with two Silver and two Bronze.