Closed finished of the Grand Prix for Peter Leone leaving a difference of 47 hundredths of a second between the first and third place. Angel Karolyi of Venezuela and Eugenio Garza of Mexico within the FEI Ranking points. (Photo © Sportfot)
American rider Peter Leone, winner of the team silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, won the first Winter Equestrian Festival FEI victory with Lionshare Farm’s 11-year-old gelding Wayfarer (Languster).
Competing in a jump-off of 11 qualifiers for the 44 who started the Grand Prix, Leone ended his course in 35.49 seconds to taking a small lead over Canadian Jonathon Millar of 14 hundredths of a second and to American rider Abigail McArdle of 47 cents second. Millar appeared with 9-year-old gelding Daveau (Zento x Glennridge) recording 35.63 seconds and McArdle with 15-year-old gelding Cade (Heartbreaker x Darco) in 35.96 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking finished within the FEI Ranking points Angel Karolyi of Venezuela in the 10th position, after that it demoted two rails in the jump-off with Uitteraard (Numero Uno x Burggraaf) and the Mexican Eugenio Garza with the 9-year-old mare Armani SL Z (Asca Z x Cumano) in regular round of 4 fouls. Out of the points were Puerto Rican Freddie Vazquez with 4 fouls in 21st, Juan Andrés Larrazabal of Venezuela in box 34th totaling 12 fouls, Gianni Gabrielli of Argentina in 41st place, while Peruvian Alonso Valdez Prado retired and the Brazilian Pedro Muylaert was eliminated.