Paulo Santana of El Salvador surprised in the tiebreaking round to add his first FEI victory in more than 6 years and second of his professional career, both with Taloubet. Jose Roberto Reynoso of Brazil third and Pablo Barrios of Venezuela fifth among the most outstanding Latinos. (Photo © Sportfot)
The second day of week 11 at the Winter Equestrian Festival had the big surprise with Paulo Santana from El Salvador getting their first win of the 2017 season, by winning the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round XI.
In course designed by the Brazilian Guilherme Jorge and a total of 55 pairs that animated the regular round of the Series Ruby et Violette, did not represent in this occasion the classification for the Grand Prix of Saturday night, because in this opportunity the CSI 5* week where the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix is disputed, it was via classification by all result, throughout the 2017 WEF season.
With a total of 16 raiders, all with the possibility of adding World Ranking points, Santana not only achieved his first 2017 WEF victory, it also means his first FEI victory in more than 6 years being November 30, 2010 the last time he knew the pleasant taste of victory, precisely with 17-year-old gelding Taloubet (Baloubet Du Rouet x Quidam De Revel), 7-year-old more younger on that occasion and not to mention Paulo Santana, who in this time stopped the clock in 37.47 seconds and being credited 50 World Ranking points.
The second position was for young American rider Lucy Deslauriers with 12-year-old gelding Hester (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro vd Begijnakker), recording a time of 37.60 seconds in what was undoubtedly a great day for the Latin Representatives.
Precisely the Salvadoran-led Latin Ranking competitors, several stood out and added FEI Ranking points, for example in the third place the Brazilian Jose Roberto Reynoso, Grand Prix’s winner last week completed his course in 38.39 seconds with 12-year-old stallion Spaniard Azrael W (Chin Chin x Voltaire) to score 40 points on his month count, followed by Pablo Barrios of Venezuela in a big show, finishing fifth with 14-year-old mare A S D Farfala (Hyo Dario x Furioso II), to getting 30 points by completing his jump-off round in 39.17 seconds, while the Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa with 12-year-old gelding Ferron Chin VH Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Nimmerdor) in 41.91 seconds finished seventh and his fellowmen Luiz Francisco de Azevedo along with 10-year-old stallion Comic (Verdi x Heartbreaker) in tenth position in a field of 4 fouls and 43.54 seconds. Out of the points were Pedro Muylaert with 4 fouls in the regular round in the 24th place, Eduardo Menezes also from Brazil, followed him in box 28th with the same amount of fouls, Santiago Lambre from Mexico with 4 fouls in 36th place and the Chilean Samuel Parot with accumulated of 9 fouls finished of 51st.