Brazilian Pedro Veniss take the most important class of the week winning the $380,000 Pan American Cup and Mexican Fernando Martinez finished third. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The most important event of the ‘Pan American’ CSI 5* week presented by Rolex, had as winner the representative of the Latino Rank Pedro Veniss of Brazil, who guided the group with a jump-off of three classified.
The course designed by Canadian Peter Grant for 36 pairs, had several complications and demands, leaving only 3 of its members registered for the decisive round where Pedro Veniss, winner of two major Grand Prix in the last six months, added another in his Topping the $380,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex, recording an unbeatable time of 51.46 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Quabri de L’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre).
The result allowed Pedro Veniss to get 150 points to his July World Ranking account, seeking to shorten the lead of Chilean Samuel Parot, current leader of the Latino Ranking, who has not managed to score many points lately.
For the second place Peter Lutz of the United States, avoided the Latino sweep, getting the last double clear round in time of 53.97 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Robin of Ponthual (Elf D’or x Calypso D’Herbiers), while with the fastest time of the jump-off was Mexican rider Fernando Martinez, saw his victory chances disappear, after to demolish a pole to totalize 4 faults in 50.28 seconds next to the 10-year-old gelding Cor Bakker (Colander x Quattro), with which it obtained 115 World Ranking Points.
For the Latino Ranking Patricio Pasquel from Mexico, completing his field in 8 fouls and 85.20 seconds to finish 16th. Juan Manuel Luzardo of Uruguay escorted him in 17th place with 8 fouls in 85.38 seconds and Samuel Parot of Chile with the same 8 faults in 85.57 seconds was 18th.
Among the favorites of the Grand Prix were the United States riders Bezzie Madden in fifth place alongside Darry Lou (Tangueo van de Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve), World No. 3 McLain Ward finished sixth with Rothchild (Artos Z x Elegant De L ‘Ile) and World No. 1 Kent Farrington with Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Indoctro) were seventh, all with 4 fouls.