American Kristen Vanderveen dominated an exciting jump-off round to overcome Margie Engle and Beat Mändli. (Photo © AnneGittinsPhotography)
American rider Kristen Vanderveen won the $216,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4* of the 2017 ESP Holiday & Horses in Wellington.
As always in an unbeatable environment of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the American Kristen Vanderveen showed signs of its qualities and good sports moment, winning in a tie-break round the Grand Prix presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
After having an excellent 2017 season at the Winter Equestrian Festival here in Wellington and winning several important classes at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, today Kristen Vanderveen secured 130 World Ranking points with her victory with the 12-year-old stallion Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco).
The jump-off round that had 11 riders classified on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, the American rider Kristen Vanderveen recorded an unbeatable time of 45.53 seconds before also US rider Margie Engle, who escorted her in second place with the 13-year-old stallion Royce (Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot) in 46.47 seconds and third was taken by Swiss Olympic medalist Beat Mändli with 9-year-old mare Dsarie (Veron x Ahorn) in 49.63 seconds.
The top five classified also marked the five double clear rounds to finish the Grand Prix, being fourth place for New Zealander Sharn Wordley with the 11-year-old gelding Casper (Contender x Baloubet Du Rouet) in 49.86 seconds and fifth place Russian rider Liubov Kochetova with the 9-year-old gelding Exelero 2 (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) in a distant 56.21 seconds.
By Latino Ranking Eduardo Menezes of Brazil was the only one of the Latinos who managed to finish within the points when occupying 13th place, appearing with the 9-year-old gelding Dimitri (Up To date x Ircolando). For its part, the former Latino Ranking leader Samuel Parot of Chile totaled 8 fouls in his regular round with the 13-year-old stallion Thriller P (Cardento x Lucky Light) ranked 25th, followed by Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil in 28th accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist) and Mexican rider Eugenio Garza with the 16-year-old gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy) finished 29th with the same 8 faults.