American rider Keri Potter surprised at the CSI4* National Sunshine II Thermal in Califorina to beat New Zealander Guy Thomas and Frenchman Eric Navet. (Photo © Archive)
American rider Keri Potter surprised at the CSI4* National Sunshine II in Thermal California by winning the $52,500 Coachella Valley Classic.
Dominating the jump-off round Keri Potter with the 11-year-old gelding Bitalica (Viento Uno W x Lancelot) owned by Julia Koetting, the American rider secured 50 World Ranking Points with her victory on course designed by German Olaf Pettersen Jr.
Represented the second FEI victory in her career, Keri Potter did not know the honeys of triumph in FEI events since September 15, 2010, when in the company of Rockford I (Robin Z x Long John) ensured the first victory by world number 2,244.
For second place Guy Thomas of New Zealand presented a fierce fight with the 15-year-old stallion Jonkheer Z (Jetset-D x Skippy II) and world champion and French Olympic medalist Eric Navet took third place with the 10-year-old gelding Catypso (Catoki x Calypso II).
Eric Navet himself occupied the fifth place in a solid performance, while fourth place ended in power of Irish rider Kevin Babington with the 15-year-old gelding Mark Q (Obos Quality x Positively).
By the Latino Ranking Enrique González of Mexico added World Ranking Points to occupy the 11th place, after he dominated the $34,900 HITS Welcome Stake yesterday and today again in company of the 9-year-old gelding Zapzerap (Zapatero VDL x G. Ramiro Z) added World Ranking
points to his account.