German rider Meredith Michael-Beerbaum won the second Grand Prix of the Winter Equestrian Festival 2018, beating American rider Lillie Keenan. (Photo © Sportfot)
German Olympic medalist and World Cup Champion Meredith Michael-Beerbaum won the second Grand Prix of the Winter Equestrian Festival 2018.
Disputing the $70,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix CSI 2* with a total of 45 classified pairings on last Thursday class, only 9 riders would achieve their pass to the jump-off on course designed by Mexican Oscar Soberon and led by German star Meredith Michael-Beerbaum.
The first to return and also marking the first of seven double clear was Irish rider Kevin Mealiff with the 10-year-old gelding Audi’s Dimple (Wittinger VDL x Ahorn) in time of 41.82 seconds, but he would quickly lose ground with British Emily Mason in 37.58 seconds accompanied by the 9-year-old gelding Explosion W (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet).
Before entering as sixth in the order Meredith Michael-Beerbaum, it was the turn of the four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze recording a time of 39.02 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido) and next German rider would place definitive figures by stopping the clock in 36.85 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Calle 67 (Carell x Capitalist) owned by Michaels & Beerbaum GmbH.
With the new changes in the score for the World Ranking for winnings in dollars, Meredith Michael-Beerbaum took 80 points to the FEI Ranking, being followed in second place by the American rider Lillie Keenan and her 11 year old gelding Skyhorse (Calvaro x Quidam de Revel) in 37.01 seconds, while the third place was occupied by the British Emily Mason.
The best seed was world number 1 and Pan American Ranking Leader Kent Farrington of the United States, completing his jump-off in time of 37.63 seconds with the 9-year old gelding Baltic Star 2 (Bacardi x Chalan) to finish in fourth place.
By the Latin Ranking only Samuel Parot of Chile would get FEI ranking points to occupy the 16th place with 12-year-old stallion SL Implacavel (Vindoctro x Silvestre) in 4 fouls regular round and time of 70.58 seconds.
Likewise by latin riders, Ilan Bluman from Colombia finished 18th, Brazilian Celso Ariani 26th, Luis Pedro Biraben from Argentina 27th, Fabio Leivas Da Costa of Brazil 28th, Alejandro Karolyi of Venezuela ranked 31st, Diego Vivero of Ecuador in 35th place and Colombian Carlos Ramirez was eliminated.