Great victory for the Brazilian rider constituting the best performance of his professional career, surpassing in tight end the Belgian Olivier Philippaerts and British Scott Brash. (Photo © chi-geneve.ch)
The conclusion of the CSI 5* Geneva was a very pleasant surprise for the Latin American Ranking, when one of its main exponents the Brazilian Pedro Veniss liquidated in the jump-off the Rolex Grand Prix, constituting the best result of his professional career.
Together with the 12-year-old stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre) owned by Carmen Davrella de Aguilera, Camila Veniss & Leonor Rotllant, the Brazilian commanded the tiebreaker to add 150 World Ranking points and a prize of 400,000 Francs Swiss, stopping the clock in 38.96 seconds.
The strong fight was shown in the time setting and the difference between the top three surpassing by only 25 hundredths of a second, the Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts who appeared with the 10-year-old mare H&M Legend Of Love (Landzauber x Corgraf) owned by Ludo Philippaerts – Gerald Nothdurft, to finished in second place and third, 20 cents slower than Olivier and 45 with respect to Veniss, the former world number 1 Scott Brash of Great Britain, finishing his court in 39.41 seconds with 15-year-old mare Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) owned by Lady P Harris & Lady P Kirkham, closing an important week of good results for the Olympic medalist.
The Top 5 was completed in the fourth place by the French world number 8 Kevin Staut recording 40.04 seconds with the 15-year-old gelding Revered de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes), while the Swedish Rolf-Göran Bengtsson escorted him in the fifth in time of 40.39 seconds with the 17-year-old stallion Casall ASK (Caretino 2 x Lavall 5).
By the Pan American Ranking its two main exponents were distant of the points with Kent Farrington in the position 26th and McLAin Ward occupying place 31th.
The two best seeds of the competition had the number 2 of the World French Simon Delestre in the 11th place and the current leader of the World Ranking Christian Ahlmann got 15 fouls in the tiebreaker, occupying precisely the 15th position in the final result.