Dutch rider Kevin Jochems dominated the Vilamoura Grand Prix in a tight jump-off round, clinching a 7-cent second lead over Irish Darragh Kenny. (Photo © shot-photos.com)
Dutch rider Kevin Jochems took victory at the CSI3* Grand Prix Vilamoura, to add the second 2017 FEI victory and second in his career.
Finished with many emotions the CSI3* Vilamoura week in Portugal, a total of 60 pairs participated in a course designed by Elio Travagliati of Italy and dominated by Dutchman Kevin Jochems with his 10-year-old gelding Captain Cooper (Namelus R x Corland), completed their tiebreaker in 36.45 seconds and added their second win of the year.
Delivering his strategy perfectly, Kevin Jochems was a tight 7-cent lead over Irish rider Darragh Kenny who would occupy the second place with the 9-year-old gelding C’Est Beau (Calido I x Grannus) at 36.52 seconds, to take both riders 50 World Ranking Points by the winner and 45 points for the Irish rider.
The Final Standing with respect to the five best classified had British rider Emma Stoker with the 12-year-old gelding Townhead Campus (Cartoon x Grand Canyon) in 37.68 seconds being the last double clear round, while the fourth and fifth place was in power of Portuguese riders with Luis Sabino Gonçalves next to the 12-year-old gelding Ancheo Di San Patrignano (Ephebe Foe Ever x Nadir Di San Patrignano) in 4 faults with 37.64 seconds and Duarte Seabra accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Axelle MZ (Andiamo Z x Cor de La Bryere) in 38.18 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho take FEI Ranking Points with the 11-year-old stallion Chacito (Chacco-Blue x Daimler), exceeding the time allowed and being penalized with 1 foul in the eighth place, same luck that ran Colombian rider Mauricio Ruiz with the 9-year-old gelding Dakota (Stakkato x Wolkenstein II), finishing in ninth place.
Out of the points by Latinos were Bernardo Naveillan of Chile in 37th place with 12 fouls along with the 8-year-old Daisy du Grand Moustier (Quaser de l’Ile x Fiji du Fleury), Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa of Brazil with the 12-year-old gelding Filou Imperio Egipcio (Querlybet Hero x Ahorn Z) in box 43rd, his countryman Adir Abreu Junior in 45th with the 10-year-old gelding Hunter van het Indihof (Bentley van de Heffinck x Mr. Blue) and Brazilian Felipe Ramos Guinato with the 13-year-old gelding Zenzero (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Burggraaf) retired.