Olympic medalist McLain Ward from United States surpassed in very closed end the Irishman Daniel Coyle, who took second and third place. Pedro Veniss and Samuel Parot stood out. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
With great emotions began the last day of the ‘National’ CSI 5* presented by Rolex, to take the victory one of the favorites of the crowd, as is the Olympic medalist and current world number 3 McLain Ward of United States.
Competing for the $86,600 ATCO Classic on the speed class course designed by Venezuelan Leopoldo Palacios for 61 pairs, former world No. 1 McLain Ward stopped the clock in 70.61 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Tina La Boheme (Calvaro x Arpege Pierreville) owned by Susie Heller, representing $28,550 plus 80 World Ranking Points, being the second week victory for the American, who obtained a very narrow advantage of 1 hundredth of a second.
For second place and who has gradually gained space in world of show jumping was the Irish Daniel Coyle, finishing with the 11-year-old gelding Simba de La Roque (Kannan x Allegreto) in 70.62 seconds and also taking the third place with the 11-year-old mare Cita (Casall x Pik Ramiro) in 70.95 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking emphasized their two main figures, being the owner of the seventh place Pedro Veniss of Brazil, Latino Ranking number 2 accompanied by the 10-year-old stallion Tresor de Varende (Espirit de Cinquete x Apple de River) with time of 73.75 seconds and Chile’s Latino leader Samuel Parot was ninth in 74.79 seconds with 14-year-old gelding from Atlantis (Andiamo x Royal Behavior).
They also managed to score FEI Ranking points the Uruguayan Juan Manuel Luzardo in 14th place with the 9-year-old gelding Quidandro (Quality x Quidams Rubio), while Gonzalo Azcarraga from Mexico escorted him in 15th place with the 13-year-old stallion Zalerno (Berlin x Espri).
The best seed was World No. 1 Kent Farmington from United State, who completed a very slowed course in 91.76 seconds with the 8-year-old gelding Baltic Star 2 (Bacardi x Chalan) in 32nd place.