Karen Polle of Japan won her first WEF Grand Prix by winning the $380,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix CSI 5*. (Photo © Sportfot)
The ninth Grand Prix of the Winter Equestrian Festival was won by Karen Polle of Japan, marking not only the big surprise of the night with its first conquest in Wellington for this type of class, but also to sweep with the two most important competitions of the week, Being the winner of the Welcome last Thursday and now the Grand Prix.
The court designed by the Irishman Alan Wade had many interesting questions, apart from the complications that represented the technical and high that was the course, starting with 39 pairs for the regular round that gave way to a tiebreaker of 4 classified.
Marking the only double clear round of the night, Karen Polle and 14-year-old gelding With Wings (Larino x L.Ronald) marked a time of 42.42 seconds to earn 150 World Ranking points plus $125,400 with first place. This being the most important result of her career. The experienced American rider Margie Engle, who dropped a rail with 13-year-old stallion Royce (Café au Lait x Grandilot) in 43.46 seconds, followed in second place while completing the podium in third position Spanish Sergio Alvarez Moyá, with 10-year-old gelding Charmeur (Numero Uno x Gelha’s VDL Emilion) accumulating 4 fouls in 43.81 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking there was no luck in this opportunity to figure, being the Brazilian Eduardo Menezes who managed the best result in a distant 23rd position, accumulating 8 fouls in the regular round. On the other hand the Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben finished of 27th with 12 faults and the Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios totaled 14 faults in 30th. Samuel Parot of Chile retired and Yuri Mansur of Brazil was disqualified.