Great victory and first in FEI class for the Brazilian Pedro Muylaert conquering the Grand Pirx surpassing by 32 hundredth of second to Paul O’Shea. Samuel Parot of Chile fifth and Santiago Lambre of Mexico seventh. (Photo © Sportfot)
Brazilian rider Pedro Muylaert dressed in glory when he won his first FEI event victory by winning the FEI $130,000 Grand Prix in the sixth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.
Completing the best result in his professional career, Muylaert appeared with the 10-year-old stallion Prince Royal Z (Prince of Revel x Ramiro Z) owned by Stenio Silva, marking the first of two double clear round of the Grand Prix recording a time of 37.27 seconds. With only 32 centimeters of a second difference, Pedro was able to add 100 World Ranking points by beating Irishman rider Paul O’Shea and Sara Glen Stables’ 10-year-old gelding Sara Glen’s Machu Picchu (Silverstone x Matterhorn), completing his jump-off in 37.59 seconds.
With only 4 qualifier to the jump-off, third-place and best time in the tiebreaker was American Jimmy Torano in 36.94 seconds, but he shot down a rail for totaling 4 fouls with 9-year-old gelding Day Dream (Zento x Heartbreaker) and Fourth place was occupied by American Hardin Towell with 11-year-old gelding New York (Verdi x Watzmann) with 12 fouls and 37.12 seconds.
The leader of the Latin Ranking Samuel Parot of Chile came from winning yesterday the Welcome, but did not obtain in this opportunity its classification to the tiebreaking being the route of 4 faults in the fastest regular round with a time of 71.00 with 14-year-old gelding Atlantis (Andiamo Z x Royal Bravour L). Also in the FEI Ranking points was the Mexican Santiago Lambre with a seventh place to take 40 points for 50 points that added Parot, completing his field in 77.66 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Aymara Des Bergeries (Canturo x Cavalier Royale) also in court of 4 faults. Completed the latin riders with Ranking Points Celso Ariani of Brazil and Vasco Flores of Puerto Rico in positions 12th and 13th, exceeding the agreed time for the regular round being penalized with 1 foul to total 5 each.
Also participating Argentine Gustavo Prato finished in 20th, Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina in 30th position, his fellowman Gianni Gabrielli followed in the 36th and the Brazilian Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa retired during his execution.