The German Philipp Weishaupt was consecrated as the Master, by winning for the first time the most millionaire class of the show jumping. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
German rider Philipp Weishaupt became the Master of the Masters, winning for the first time the $3,000,000 CP International presented by Rolex.
Represented the most millionaire class of the show jumping, Philipp Weishaupt was undoubtedly the great envy of many, crowning him as a winner in a class that reported him $1 million Canadian dollars.
Also with his today’s performance Philipp Weishaupt secured 150 World Ranking Points in a course designed by Venezuelan Leopoldo Palacios for 42 pairs, evaluated by Two Rounds and a tiebreaker if necessary, but only Philipp Wieshaupt would complete a two perfect rounds alongside the 10-year-old stallion LB Condal (Colman x Cascavelle) owned by Hans Liebherr, recording a time of 65.09 seconds.
Undoubtedly the most important victory of his career, the world number 74 German rider now has 31 FEI wins of which 3 are AA-rated Grand Prix.
For second place Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz completed a very productive week in the Spruce Meadows Masters, completing her two rounds in 4 fouls and 63.82 seconds with the 13-year-old mare Fit For Fun 13 (For Pleasure x Fabriano) followed by three-time US Olympic medalist and world number three McLain Ward with his 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui vd Zuuthoeve) in 4 fouls and 65.73 seconds.
It closed the disputed and very complicated class with jumps at high of 1.70 meters for the Top 5 Italian rider Emilio Bicocchi with the 11-year-old gelding Sassicaia Ares (Ephebe For Ever x Rebel Z) in 4 fouls with 65.82 seconds and the four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze, who finished in five fouls his two rounds along with the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklnag II).
For the Latino Ranking its leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil ranked 22nd in a first round of 5 fouls with 13-year-old stallion Quabri de L’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre), being out of points, just like Antonio Chedraui of Mexico in box 24th with the 11-year-old gelding Ninloubet (Nintender x Galoubet A) in 6 faults and Brazilian Yuri Mansur was 32nd with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar Du Murier x Concorde) in 9 faults, retiring his countryman Pedro Muylaert with the 10-year-old stallion Prince Royal Z MFS.
The two best seeds of the millionaire class defrauded the crowd that hoped to see world number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States, to fight between the main protagonists, but was behind in 27th place with the 15-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolero van Riethof x Goodwill) and world No. 2 Lorenzo de Luca of Italy, ended up retiring with the 11-year-old gelding Limestone Gray (Try-Time).