Latino Ranking leader Samuel Parot flew at Rolex Stadium in Kentucky to take first FEI win of the week. Pablo Barrios of Venezuela sixth. (Photo © Lenore Phillips)
The opening of CSI 3* Kentucky Spring Horse Shows in Lexington was led by Chilean Samuel Parot in the dispute of $35,000 FEI Welcome Speed 1.45m under course design by Brazilian Marina Azevedo for 39 pairs.
The leader of Latino Ranking and undoubtedly one of the fastest riders in the world at the moment, did not disappoint with his favoritism, after completing his fast pace in 58.59 seconds with 13-year-old gelding Quick du Pottier (Hurlevent of Breka x Cuba), and taking $8,750 plus 50 World Ranking points with its victory. In what was undoubtedly a tough fight for first place, another great star of speed classes Kristen Vanderveen of United States was left in second place, achieving a time of 59.18 seconds with 12-year-old Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco), while one’s of public favorite Aaron Vale took third and fourth place with Quidam’s Good Luck (Quidam’s Rubin x Grannus) in 59.68 seconds and Carlo (Casall x Landlord) in 60.71 seconds.
In a first FEI day led by Samuel Parot of Chile, the representatives of Latino Ranking had the Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios with 13-year-old mare Zara Leandra (Metropole x Ahorn) finishing in sixth place, completing his course in 61.14 seconds. Mexican Santiago Lambre and 8-year-old gelding gelding Hip Living (Hip Hop x Quite Easy) finished 12th in 63.82 seconds, while Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela ranked 15th with 11-year-old gelding Garinco van de Lijnsaerd (Clinton I x Pik Bauer) with a time of 67.18 seconds, these riders being the ones that added World Ranking points. Out of those points were Paulo Stewart of Brazil in 21st position, Mexican Eugenio Garza in box 24th, Brazilian Luiz Francisco de Azevedo was ranked 28th and Hector Florentino of the Dominican Republic was in 32nd place.