American rider Leslie Howard got a tight win in an exciting first class of CSI2* Johnstown. Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela finished second. (Photo © Winslow Photography LLC)
The first CSI2* Johnstown FEI event on the Split Rock Farm Jumping Tour was won by American Leslie Howard.
The course design by Irish Alan Wade marked a complicated field, especially in the time factor, where 32 of the 75 pairs that animated the competition were penalized for time fouls while Leslie Howard led the group of 10 riders qualified for the jump-off.
American Olympic medalist Leslie Howard with the 11-year-old gelding Gentille van Spieveld (Heartbreaker x Capital) completed an exciting jump-off round in 40.92 seconds, securing 50 World Ranking Points and was escorted by the best representative of the Latino Ranking Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela.
For the young Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, his double figure in the jump-off be the only one that classified his two horses, leaving him in an important position for the Sunday’s Grand Prix, occupying second and fourth place. With the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme) set a time of 41.42 seconds and with the 12-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan) finished fourth, recording 42.40 seconds.
The Top 5 was completed by Sharn Wordley of New Zealand in third place, marking a time of 41.90 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Caiman des Sequoias (Radco D’Houtveld x Feinschnitt-I van de Richter) and fifth place German rider Wilhelm Genn next to the 11-year-old gelding Bugatti (Heartbreaker x Pilot) in 42.85 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking the Venezuelan protagonism extended with Alejandro Karolyi finishing in eighth place, accompanied by the 14-yaer-old gelding Willow (Guidam x Little Rock) in a fast round of 41.01 seconds, but with 4 faults. Also Eugenio Garza of Mexico finished within the points with an penalty by time allowed in the 13th place next to the 16-year-old gelding Bariano (Jet-set-D x Skippy).
Outside the points by Latinos Alexis Trosch finished with four fouls and taking the 17th position with the 11-year-old maOpaline Z (Obelix Landgrad I), followed by Colombian Ilan Bluma in re 18th box alongside the 9-year-old gelding Eax Run Run LS (Casall x Montebello La Silla) and Chilean Samuel Parot was 36th accumulating 8 fouls with the 12-year-old gelding VDL Aberlino (Corland x Purioso). Santiago Lambre of Mexico followed in 40th place with the same 8 fouls next to D’Artagnan, while the Puerto Rican Freddie Vazquez retired.