Irishman Paul O’Shea settled the aspirations of the home riders Shawn Casay and Margie Engle, dominating the last 2017 FEI Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center. (Photo © Sportfot)
Irish rider Paul O’Shea completed an impeccable jump-off round to win the $130,000 Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Grand Prix.
With 36 pairing participating in the last 2017 FEI Grand Prix season of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Paul O’Shea registered his name as winner with the 10-year-old gelding Sara Glen’s Machu Pichu (Silverstone VDL x Matterhorn) owned by Sara Glen Stables, recording a time of 34.85 seconds.
For the jump-off round on course designed by American Anthony D’Ambrosio, a total of 10 riders were looking for the highest honors, but none could improve what was done by Paul O’Shea, which ensured 100 World Ranking Points and cut the aspirations of the house representatives.
The second and third positions were for Americans Shawn Casady with 15-year-old gelding Valinski S (Nijinski x Julius) in 35.10 seconds and Margie Engle in third place with 8-year-old gelding Dicas (Diarado x Cassini I) in 35.25 seconds.
The honor roll for the top five finishers was completed by New Zealander Sharn Wordley accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Casper (Contender x Baloubet Du Rouet) in 36.35 seconds and fifth place for Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts in 38.44 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Aikido Z (Accardi x Corrado I).
For the Latino Ranking Mexican rider Eugenio Garza stood in seventh position, after completing his tiebreak round in 4 fouls and 38.03 seconds with the 9-year-old stallion Armani SL Z (Azca Z x Cumano). For his part also Mexican rider Santiago Lambre said goodbye with the best time of the night in 34.53 seconds, but accumulated 8 fouls in his jump-off with the 9-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender x Darnels), finishing in ninth place.
He also scored World Ranking Points by Latinos Samuel Parot of Chile, agencying the faster 4-faults regular round in 77.59 seconds with the 9-year-old gelding Dazzle White (Calvino Z x Narcos II) in 14th place. Out of points were Gustavo Prato from Argentina accompanied by the 12-year-old mare Carna Z (Crown Z x Grannus) in 26th with 13 fouls, Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme) in 31st with 17 fouls, while Juan Ortiz of Venezuela too with the 11-year-old gelding Gaverdi Z (Clipper van de Begijnakker x Vas and Done Longane) retired and Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina with the 10-year-old gelding Caillou was eliminated.