The Egyptian Sameh El Dahan finished with the only perfect Grand Prix’s course to take the most important victory of his career. Charlie Jacobs second and Bezzie Madden third. Pedro Venniss of Brazil ranked fourth by Latinos. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The conclusion of the ‘Continental’ CSI 5* at Spruce Meadows came with the $380,000 CP Grand Prix and the perfect win of the Egyptian rider Sameh El Dahan, representing the most important victory of his career.
Collecting to date 15 FEI victories, Sameh El Dahan led the jump-off round designed by Venezuelan Leopoldo Palacios, completing as the only double clear round of the competition in 44.34 seconds next to the 13-year-old mare Suma’s Zorro (Ard Vdl Douglas) owned by Joanne Sloan Allen. With the result the winner was accredited 150 World Ranking Points, surpassing precisely in Calgary, in last September his best win.
The second place was the American Charlie Jacobs registering a best time in 43.62 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Cassinja S (Carinjo x Cassini I) Owned by CMJ Sporthorse LLC, but knocked down a pole that left him with no chance. In third place and close to qualifying was the four-time US Olympic medalist Bezzie Madden, who exceeded by only 18 hundredths of a second the time allowed, finishing in 1 foul with 85.18 seconds next to the 9-year-old gelding Coach (Con Air x Coordino) owned by Abigail Wexner.
The delegation of the Latino Ranking had four of its members included in the FEI Ranking Points, where Pedro Veniss of Brazil was the most outstanding achieving a 4 faults regular round faster in 81.82 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Quabri de L’Ilse (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre), with which he took 100 points. For his part Guilherme Foroni in one of his best performances for remember that, was seventh next to the 11-year-old stallion SL Implacavel (Vindoctro x Silvestre) totaling 6 fouls in 89.11 seconds, Mexican Fernando Martinez finished tenth with accumulated of 8 fouls accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Cor Bakker (Colandro x Quattro) and Uruguayan rider Juan Manuel Luzardo, who completed a productive week, remained in 11th place with the 11-year-old gelding Stan (Stakkato x Sacramento Son).
The top three seeds of the Grand Prix and undoubtedly major attractions with their current positions in the World Ranking were World No. 2 and three-time Olympic medalist McLain Ward in fifth place with HH Azur (Thunder van de Zwohoeve x Sir Lui), World No. 1, Pan American Ranking leader and Olympic medalist Kent Farrington with Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Indoctro) culminated ninth and finally the largest money producer in Spruce Meadows, World No. 5 and also three times Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze, ranked 14th with Chacco Kid (Chacco-Blue x Com On).