Three-time Brazilian Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa was the best in the last class of 2017 Tryon Fall 5 CSI 5*, surpassing the American Quentin Judge and Belgian Nicola Philippaerts. (Photo © Sportfot)
Three-time Brazilian Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa show all his experience and resulting the best at $85,000 Tryon Sunday Classic 1.50m.
Taking part in the last FEI event of the 2017 Tryon Fall 5 CSI 5*, the three-time World Champion Rodrigo Pessoa would be the stellar figure, not only of the Latino Ranking adding 50 Longines Ranking points with his victory, but also winning the third most important class of the week, held this time in the Grass Complex of the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Although Rodrigo Pessoa has remained a bit removed from his work as a professional rider this year as the Chief d’Equipe of Ireland, where the Irish have shown good results in the last Nations Cup, the Brazilian rider did not win an FEI event with points since March 8, 2014 at Wellington.
The long wait for Rodrigo Pessoa also had its positive side, when he was presented with his new horse, the 9-year-old stallion Chaganus (Chacco-blue x Carthago) to command with his fasted jump-off round in 39.86 seconds. Result the only rider to lowering the barrier of 40 seconds, the South American rider was escorted in second place by American rider Quentin Judge next to the 11-year-old gelding Giorgio van’t Hagenhof (Bentley Van De Heffinck x Kannan) in time of 40.39 seconds and for third place Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium with the 11-year-old gelding Aikido Z (Accardi x Corrado I) in 40.54 seconds.
The last double clear round on course designed by German Olaf Jun Petersen was for the American rider Amber Harte with the 9-year-old mare Austria 2 (Casall x Corrado I) in 41.74 seconds occupying the fourth place, closing the Top 5 with 4 fouls and 40.52 seconds the second best Latino Ranking representative Santiago Lambre of Mexico, knocking down a pole and totaling 4 fouls in 40.52 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Doloris (Harley VDL x Colorado D).
The great Latino day led by Rodrigo Pessoa in first and Santiago Lambre fifth, continued in sum to the World Ranking points with Alberto Michán from Mexico in ninth place with the 11-year-old gelding Glasgow de Muze (Andiamo x Parco) and Luis Pedro Biraben from Argentina with the 8-year-old gelding Colorado 210 (Crowns x Lenardo) in 11th place, both riders exceeding the time allowed and were penalized with 1 fault.
Finished outside the points Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela in 19th place accompanied by the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcele (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme) in 4 fouls, Freddie Vazquez of Puerto Rico with the 15-year-old stallion Bachelor 4 (Baloubet du Rouet x Grosso Z) in 13 fouls occupying 34th position, Anna Christina Gansauer from Ecuador was 40th with 21 fouls next to the 10-year-old gelding Hot Shot go de Éoendrikshoeve (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Heartbreaker) and Brazilian Luiz Francisco de Azevedo retired with the 10-year-old gelding Collin (Colandro x Amethist).