The Russian rider won in a complicated course that led to tie with 1 foul along with Maggie McAlary, beating with another court penalized with 2 fouls. (Photo © ManciniPhotos)
Complicated Grand Prix was the principal class of the week at the Holiday & Horses CSI 4* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, when Russian rider Ljubov Kochetova was victorious after completing his two rounds with excess of time.
The course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio for the 40 pairs, was a real headache, when none of the participants could complete their respective fields with a clear round. It was thus that Ljubov Kochetova of Russia and Maggie McArlay of the United States were penalized with 1 failure to exceed the agreed time for the regular round, being in the final the only ones classified for the tiebreaker and to decide who would take the victory.
Kochetova who led the 10-year-old stallion Balou du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky x Continue) and McAlary with the 9-year-old mare Maraca LS La Silla (Quintero x Capitol I) returned to look for the winner of an unusual tiebreaker. The American entered first with an unfortunate course and again running the same fate by exceeding the agreed time for the jump-off, being penalized with 1 foul plus 16 that accumulated in its course to total 17 fouls.
Knowing Kochetova the result and where her rival made the mistakes, tried to ensure every leap and jump, to allow a court without knocks and step by step she was getting it, when passing the final jump in clear round, but penalized in this opportunity with 2 faults per time that earned him the victory, a prize of $71,280 and 130 FEI Ranking Points.
The Top 5 were completed in the third by US Todd Minikus, followed by yesterday’s winner Marilyn Little in fourth and Irishman Kevin Babington fifth, all with 4-foul in the regular round.
For the Latin Ranking Eduardo Menezes and Samuel Parot were the best for the group, with the Brazilian being the best in 10th placed with 11-year-old gelding Quintol (Quintender x Cento), while the Chilean escorted him in the 11th with 13-year-old gelding Atlantis (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L), registering fields of 8 fouls each.
Completed the Latin delegation within FEI points the Puerto Rican Freddie Vazquez in position 14th and out of the points by only 5 hundredths of a second the Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios who occupy the place 17th. On the other hand the Mexican Eugenio Garza would follow him of 19th, Brazilian Luiz Francisco de Azevedo in box 21th, Venezuelan Daniela Stransky of 26th and his compatriot Angel Karolyi in 28th place, closing Daniel Bedoya of Bolivia in 30th and Manuel Fernandez Hache of 32th.