Patricio Pasquel of Mexico achieved the most important victory in his career to dominate a tiebreaker with 4 classified and get 150 World Ranking Points. (Photo © Spruce Meadow Media Service)
Mexican rider Patricio Pasquel take the most important victory of the ‘National’ CSI 5* at Spruce Meadows after winning the $500,000 RGB Grand Prix presented by Rolex.
Having achieved the most important victory of his career, Patricio Pasquel, Wolrd number 112 and Latino Ranking No. 9, had to date added 10 wins in FEI events, of which 6 represented him World Ranking Points, but certainly today with 150 Points for his first place, left this day for the memory and important date for Mexican Show Jumping.
Presenting with the 10-year-old gelding Babel (Billy du Lys x High Flyer) on a course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, Patricio Pasquel led a group of 36 pairs in a class that suffered weather problems, the winner ended with first of two double clear round in 43.44 seconds. The house riders looked to finish second Keean White with the 12-year-old gelding For Freedom Z (For Pleasure x Baloubet de Rouet) in 46.55 seconds and third place Vanessa Mannix accompanied by the 11-year-old stallion Grand Cry VD Vijf Eiken (Contact VD Heffinck x Heartbreaker), marking a time of 43.50 seconds with 4 fouls.
The last classified was the Spanish Paola Amilibia Puig, knocking down a pole and completing her round in 4 fouls with 50.38 seconds next to the 11-year-old gelding Gaudi (Ogano Sitte x Calvaro), while in fifth place was World No. 5 Eric Lamaze of Canada, who could not get his jump-off, after finishing with fastest 4-foul course in regular round next to the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklang II).
For Latino Ranking celebrating the great victory of Patricio Pasquel, his fellowmen Antonio Chedraui and Mario Oñate entered within the World Ranking Points, in 14th and 15th place, where Chedraui finished with 5 faults next to Ninloubet (Nintender x Galoubet To) and Oñate with 6 fouls did it next to Velini (Cheers Cassini x Kigali).
The best seed of the class Kent Farrington of United States and World No. 1, was not in his best day with Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Indoctro), reason why they ended up retiring during its regular round. The second-seeded US McLain Ward and World No. 3, ran with better luck by knocking down only one pole, being out of the jump-off in eighth place.