Argentine rider Santiago Orifici won the first FEI victory of his career at home by dominating the San Jorge Village Grand Prix CSI2*. (Photo © La Nación)
Argentine rider Santiago Orifici shone at home to win the first FEI victory of his career, taking the top honors of the San Jorge Village CSI2*.
Currently the world number 2,615 Santiago Orifici masterfully coded his 11-year-old gelding Bugatti vd Nortside (Unanimous x Burggraaf), to ensure 50 FEI Ranking Points with his victory, which will undoubtedly allow him to make an important leap for the next measurement, leading the jump-off round on course designed by Italian Elio Travagliati.
After completing a regular round with 18 pairs, the excitement and encouragement of the crowd in the Club San Jorge Village de Los Polvorines, were witness as Santiago Orifici, a young man of 20-year old with outstanding international performance in Wellington, FL, he completed his jump-off in 42.59 seconds and recorded the best result of his career.
Marking a clear advantage against his closest rival, Santiago Orifici overcame the amazon veil Camila Draghi, who ultimately completed her jump-off with the 12-year-old stallion Quitender (Quidam’s Rubin x Contender) in 45.06 seconds and third place was Lucas Table with the 11-year-old stallion Wildcard Z, recorded the last double clear round in 47.45 seconds.
To complete the 6 riders classified to the jump-off, the fourth place was taken by Ezequiel Daponte with the 13-year-old stallion J R Cash (Chester Z x Ikurriña Willkommen) in 4-fault and 42.61 seconds, fifth place was Maximiliano Turcuman accompanied by the 12-year-old stallion Cuatro Soles Principito (Palermo) in 45.63 seconds and Martin Dopazo closed in sixth place with accumulated 8 faults in 45.00 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Call Again Cevin (Casall x Contender).
The Grand Prix held in Buenos Aires City marked the second of the Argentine Triple Crown with victories to date by Martin and Santiago Orifici.