For the second consecutive week the Venezuelan rider took the Grand Prix victory at the PBIEC International Arena, marking the closing of the 2016 ESP Fall Finale. (Photo © AAPM)
For the second consecutive week, Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios took the win in the disputed Grand Prix marking the closing of the fall season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
Being the winner last week with the mare Charity 33 (Cayetano L x C-Indoctro) of the $25,000 Fall III Grand Prix, he now repeated in a formidable jump-off run with 11-years-old gelding Antares (Manhattan x Cavalier) owned by Barrios & Joaquin Barrios, his horse in 2014 WEG and 2016 in Rio, stop the clock in 46.83 seconds and easily surpass their classified opponents to the decisive round.
Achieving a lead close to 5 seconds over American Ansgar Holtgers (second place) and Irish Darrgh Kerins (third place) by 9 seconds; Barrios only guided his horse with short turns and used in a line the experience developed by both, which would end up giving them the advantage to take the victory for second week in a row, being now the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks, who Allowed the Venezuelan rider to surpass the 60 Grand Prix won in the US territory.
The class counted on the participation of 28 competitors, where only 5 would return to the tiebreaker and 3 would obtain the double clear rounds. Following the Venezuelan among the participating Latino riders, Hector Florentino and Allure G (Arkansas vs. Oramé) took the fourth place completing his court in 4 faults and 48.38 seconds, being escorted by his compatriot Manuel Fernández Hache to closing the junmp-off group in 4 fouls and 49.43 seconds with gelding Al Calypso (Askari x Calypso II).