The Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli ex-leader of Latino Ranking won in the Dutch Grand Prix, defeating the house rider Maikel van der Vleuten and his fellowman Pedro Veniss. (Photo © Sportfot)
For closing day at CSI 2* Valkenswaard, the Grand Prix was played with the impressive victory of Brazilian rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, under course design of Luc Musette’s for a total of 64 pairs.
Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, ex-leader of Latino Ranking and currently World No. 79, completed his tour in a time of 37.96 seconds with 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin) owned by VDL Stud, to be the first of a total of 9 double clear rounds that culminated the Grand Prix. The second place was for home rider Maikel van der Vleuten, who for second class in a row was close to claiming the highest honors with his time of 38.08 seconds next to 9-year-old mare Dana Blue (Mr. Blue x Hemmingway), in what was undoubtedly a day for Mr. Blue’s sons.
The delegation of Latino Ranking continued to shine in the best places and was even missing for Brazil’s the one-two, when Pedro Veniss, the greatest exponent of the world equestrian show jumping for his country, stopped the clock in 39.26 seconds with 10-year-old stallion Tresor de Varende (Esprit de Conquete x Apple de River) to take 40 FEI Ranking points. In sixth place another Brazilian maintained the South American protagonism, being Yuri Mansur who seized with 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) in 40.29 seconds, while outside the points Enrique González of Mexico finished in 26th place with Zapzero (Zapatero Vdl x G.Ramiro Z) in field of 4 fouls, Eduardo Menezes of Brazil followed in 31st place next to Quantador (Quinta Real x Cornet Obolensky) accumulating 8 faults and finally Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil too with Chloe’ (Chequille x Athletico) in box 47th totaling 12 fouls.
The best seeds and both riders of Pan American Ranking, did not have their best day with World No. 1 Kent Farrington of United States located in 17th place with Voyeur (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill) and Canadian Eric Lamaze, World No. 4, completed course of 12 faults in 47th position with Thalis de la Roque (Kannan x Quand Viens Tu).