The American Margie Engle returned to the path of the triumph surpassing in exciting jump-off to the Mexican Santiago Lambre. (Photo © Diana Hadsall Photography)
American Margie Engle was reunited with the victory in the $50,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI2*, to conclude the CSI2* Williamsburg.
On a day with variation in weather conditions, especially with the presence of rain, the course designed by the Irish Alan Wade had 21 pairs encouraging the regular round and 10 riders who got their pass to the jump-off with Margie Engle at the head.
Making definitive figures that earned her 50 World Ranking Points, Margie Engle along with 8-year-old gelding Dicas (Diarado x Cassini I), got the first of five double clear round in time of 40.56 seconds which meant her second 2017 FEI victory.
For the Latino Ranking again its various representatives stood out in the standings with an inspired Santiago Lambre from Mexico, being very close again to occupy the first place, leaving in balance the last two weeks three first places and this week two seconds in the FEI events.
With a time of 41.50 seconds, Santiago Lambre was the last to return to the jump-off with the 9-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender x Darnels), but was short before the time of Margie Engle, securing in this opportunity 45 Ranking World Points.
For the top five Erynn Ballard of Canada ranked third, followed by Americans Michael Morrissey and Taylor Land in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Returning with the Latinos, Chilean Samuel Parot completed the fastest jump-off round with the 12-year-old mare Romance Du Criolo (Kannan x Dandy du Plape) in 39.05 seconds, but when he dropped a pole, he left them in sixth place. Alberto Michan of Mexico escorted him in seventh place with the 11-year old gelding Redmond (Neo D’Aunou x Joly Jumper) in 4 fouls and 43.43 seconds, while the Argentine rider Ramiro Quintana accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Iluna (Emerald van ‘T Ruytershof) had a time of 44.53 seconds with 4 fouls in ninth place. Completed the group of the Latino Ranking with points Ilan Bluman of Colombia in tenth place, completing a field of 4 faults and 45.87 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding EAX Run Run LS (Casall x Montebello La Silla).
Final Results $50,000 Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI2*
1.- Dicas/Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) 0 / 0 / 40.56
2.- Dingeman/Santiago Lambre (MEX) 0 / 0 / 41.50
3.- Bella Donna/Erynn Ballard (CAN) 0 / 0 / 42.23
4.- La Lopez 3/Michael Morrissey (USA) 0 / 0 / 42.44
5.- For Edition/Taylor Land (USA) 0 / 0 / 42.88
6.- Romance Du Criolo/Samuel Parot (CHI) 0 / 4 / 39.05
7.- Redmond/Alberto Michan (MEX) 0 / 4 / 43.43
8.- Victorio 5/Adam Prudent (USA) 0 / 4 / 44.53
9.- Iluna/Ramiro Quintana (ARG) 0 / 4 / 45.87
10.- EAX Run Run LS/Ilan Bluman (COL) 0 / 4 / 46.29
11.- Van Gogh/Theo Genn (USA) 1 / 79.180
12.- Bull Run’s Almighty/Kristen Vanderveen (USA) 1 / 79.530