The young American rider Lucy Deslauriers grew to surpass world number 3 McLain Ward, thus avoiding the second victory by the Olympic medalist. Francisco Pasquel of Mexico fifth. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The second date of the ‘National’ CSI 5* presented by Rolex in the first week of Spruce Meadows Summer Season, the young American rider Lucy Deslauriers grew up to get her first 2017 victory in Calgary during the ATCO Challenge.
In a course designed by Guilherme Jorge from Brazil, Lucy Deslauriers completed a formidable and perfect tiebreaker round with the 12-year-old gelding Hester (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro Vd Begijnakker) owned by Lisa Deslauriers, recording a time of 38.60 seconds to take 50 World Ranking Points. The result allowed the young rider to credit her first 2017 FEI win, but as a curious fact, the fifth triumph of her career with today, all have been on Canadian soil.
On the other hand the winner avoided that the Olympic medalist and World No. 3 McLain Ward, added its second victory in two days of activity, conforming itself with the second place next to 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros), same with which yesterday’s won, to complete his course in 38.85 seconds. For third place Tamie Phillips of Canada equaled the best result in her career, with 11-year-old stallion Cristar (Christ x Quinar) in 39.82 seconds.
Going to Latino Ranking Francisco Pasquel finished fifth, to take 30 FEI Ranking points, with a tiebreaker in 4 faults and 40.69 seconds, accompanied by 9-year-old gelding Manzano (Numero Uno x Adana JH Z). The Brazilian Rodrigo Lambre was also able to score in eighth place, completing in 4 faults and 42.95 seconds his presentation with the 9-year-old gelding Chaccoubet (Chacco-Blue x Balloubet du Bouet), the Mexican rider Francisco Fernandez was located in tenth, exceeding the time allowed by regular round to accumulate 1 foul and also Mexican Lorenza O’Farril was a bit slower to finish in 12th place with 2 fouls.
Juan Manuel Luzardo of Uruguay finished in 22nd, Jaime Azcarraga and Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado of Mexico in 24th and 25th, Chilean Samuel Parot finished in 28th place, Mexicans Nicolás Pizarro, Antonio Maurer and Patricio Pasquel followed by 30th, 32nd and 35th, closing the group Pedro Veniss of Brazil in 38th.