Colombian rider Santiago Díaz Ortega conquered the CSI2* Opglabbeek when he won the Grand Prix against Tim Wilks of Great Britain. (Photo © equnews.be)
Colombian rider Santiago Díaz Ortega won the Gemeente Oudsergen Grand Prix CSI2* in Belgium, achieving the most important week’s victory.
In what has undoubtedly been the best year in his career for Santiago Díaz Ortega, the Latino Ranking rider led the Grand Prix in his tiebreaker round, achieving a time of 37.10 seconds.
Adding his third 2017 FEI win and fifth in his professional career, the world number 753 Santiago Díaz Ortega made a perfect round attached to his strategy, earning 50 World Ranking points with the 9-year-old gelding Carlson (Calido I x Silvio I) owned by Philipp Buhofer.
After completing a regular round with 80 pairs, the tiebreaker was decide with 15 riders led by Santiago Díaz Ortega, who managed to overcome Tim Wilks of Great Britain and his 13-year-old gelding Quelbora Merze (Tarzan de Beaulieu x If de Merze) ending in 38.56 seconds.
For third place the home rider Rachel Steffen with her 12-year-old stallion Encanto Di Villagana (Canturo x Acord II) finished in 41.97 seconds, followed by Belgian Candice Lauwers with her 10-year-old mare Bashka de Mortinsart (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Canadian River) in 43.24 seconds, meaning the last double clear round was Maelle Martin of France in fifth place next to the 13-year-old stallion Zerlin M (Berlin x Concorde) with 4 fouls and 36.81 seconds.
By Latino Ranking only the winner Santiago Diaz Ortega managed to add FEI Ranking points, being out of the points Eduardo Damiani Filizola of Brazil with the 8-year-old mare Jella van’t Kathof (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Calvados) in 1 foul ranked 18th, Dayro Arroyave from Colombia suffered the same fate with the 9-year-old gelding Uciano de La Botte (Luccianno x Arpege Pierreville) in 21st place, as did Rodrigo Mesquita Marinho from Brazil with the 15-year-old gelding Cleofas van Westuur (Toulon x Wibramino) ending 22nd.
Also participating María Victoria Pérez from Puerto Rico completing her round in 4 fouls with the 11-year-old mare Quitana 11 (Quick Star x Lucky Lionell) at 26th, Mark Bluman from Colombia followed in 29th with the 10-year-old stallion Wildfire (Quidam de Revel), closing the Brazilian riders Bernardo Alves with the 10-year-old gelding Cingdoctro (Indoctro x Hemmingway) 39th in 4 fouls, Katty King 57th with the 14-year-old gelding Wilexo (Phin Phin x Calvados) with 9 fouls and Nando de Miranda retired with the 9-year-old mare Czarina Jmen (Clavigo Jmen x Contender).