Margie Engle dominated the Grand Prix at Langley, her first 2017 win to beating the fearsome Irish trio of Conor Swail, Daniel Coyle and Andrew Bourns. Antonio Maurer, Nicolas Pizarro and Eugenio Garza stood out for the Latinos. (Photo © MOIPhotography)
Pan American medalist and US Olympic Team Margie Engle won her first 2017 FEI victory by winning the $130,000 ATCO Nations Finale Grand Prix of CSIO4* Langley in Canada.
With the participation of 31 teams in the regular round, 7 of them were able to get to the tiebreaking, where Margie Engle secured 100 World Ranking Points when leaving victorious of so disputed Grand Prix, completing its route in 38.70 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Royce (Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot) owned by Gladewinds Partners, Llc, cutting off the Irish uprising that at times seemed to end at the class. The second place was by Conor Swail next to 12-year-old mare Flower (Bon Ami x Randel Z) to stopping the clock in 39.11 seconds and escorting him very close yesterday’s winner Daniel Coyle with the 11-year-old mare Cita (Casall x Pik Ramiro) in 39.47 seconds, while Andrew Bourns to finish the European trio, ranked fourth in 41.49 seconds with 9-year-old gelding CHS Inception (Clover Flush x Harlequin du Carel).
The representatives of Latino Ranking were active for the stellar class with Mexican Antonio Maurer finishing in fifth place, in time of 41.99 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Galileo de Laubry (Clover Flush x Harlequin du Carel) obtaining 55 FEI Ranking Points. He was escorted by his fellowmen Nicolas Pizarro in sixth place, with a time of 42.14 seconds and last double clear round accompanied by 10-year-old mare La Petite Fleur (Lexicon x Romino) and Eugenio Garza finishing seventh in a field of 4 fouls with 41.24 seconds performing with the 9-year-old gelding Victer Finn DH Z (Va Vite x Stakkato).
Out of the points for the latinos were Federico Fernández finished with 9 fouls in 21st place, Luis Alejandro Plascencia with 12 fouls in 23rd and his fellowman Patricio Pasquel 24th with the same 12 fouls. Completed Rodrigo Lambre of Brazil being eliminated and Francisco Pasquel of Mexico retiring.