Paris Sellon added his first WEF victory in the first round of the final week. Santiago Lambre de México fifth as best latin. (Photo © Sportfot)
The last week of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival began with the victory of the American rider Paris Sellon in the dispute of the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m, where they participated in speed class designed by the German Olaf Petersen Jr., a total of 55 pairs.
Being number 17 in the starting order, Paris Sellon stopped the clock in an unbeatable time of 56.65 seconds with 14-year-old mare Canasta Z (Canabis Z x Caretano Z) owned by Willow Grace Farm, representing her first WEF win that were worth 50 World Ranking points. For the second place Irish Conor Swail was honored with 12-year-old mare Flower (Bon Ami x Randel Z) owned by Finca Horses Inc, but he had to wait 31 places later, to be 19 hundredths of a second above the winner. Also for third place the advantage remained closed with another Irishman, being Daniel Coyle who would escort them in a time of 56.92 seconds with 9-year-old mare Tienna (For Pleasure x Polydox) owned by Susan Grange.
For the Latin Ranking, the Mexican Santiago Lambre was in fifth position with 8-year-old gelding Hip Living (Hip Hop x Quite Easy) owned by Integrated Services Florida LLC, after completing their journey in 58.58 seconds to add 30 FEI Ranking points. Lambre being the only one of the Latinos who got points in the first class of the CSI 4* week, followed him out of points Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil in 23rd place, Juan Ortiz from Venezuela in 28th position, Mexican Eugenio Garza in box 34th, Samuel Parot of Chile in a distant 39th place, Jorge Andrés Barrera of Colombia in 43rd position, Brazilian Eduardo Menezes 47th and Venezuelan Pablo Barrios retired.