The Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya surprised in the tiebreaker American order McLain Ward, avoiding that he won the most important Grand Prix of Wellington, for the second consecutive year. Pablo Barrios of Venezuela in the 11th place. (Photo © Sportfot)
The No. 11 Grand Prix of the 2017 season at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL was won by Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya in an end not suitable for heart, representing a direct fight between the winner and American rider McLain Ward.
The course designed by the Brazilian Guilherme Jorge had a total of 40 pairs that arrived via classification throughout the season, where only 5 would return to the tiebreaker round and two would repeat the clear round, during the realization of the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*. Being the second in order to return to the jump-off, Sergio Alvarez Moya scored the first double clear of the night in a fast 37.76 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Charmeur (Numero uno x Gelha’s VDL Emilion) owned by Alvarez Moya Horse SL, being in short the unbeatable time of the night that would give him 150 World Ranking points plus $165,000 in his first WEF incursion into the contest that more money and points distribute in the world, making it without doubt the Winter Equestrian Festival in the main reference of the world show jumping.
The class that was being disputed in recent years in week 12 of the WEF, today forming part of week 11, waited especially the attending public to see one of his favorites, Olympic medalist McLain Ward seeking to repeat for the second year in a a row in the Grand Prix, but failed to be fast enough on the Spanish course, stopping the clock in 38.30 seconds with 16-year-old gelding Rothschild (Artos x Elegant de l’Ile) owned by Sagamore Farms, while the winner of last week’s Grand Prix Karen Polle of Japan, closed the two best weeks of her life, finishing in third place with 14-year-old gelding With Wings (Larino x L. Ronald), followed by Americans Laura Kraut and Bezzie Madden in fourth and fifth place, completing the jump-off classified.
For the Latin Ranking, it was the Venezuelan Pablo Barrios who was very close to qualifying for the tiebreaker, but ultimately demolished a rail to totaling 4 fouls for his regular round with 14-year-old A S D Farfala (Hyo Dario x Furioso II) owned by Barrios, occupying the 11th position that reported him 45 FEI Ranking points in a very good season closed. Pedro Muylaert of Brazil followed in the 13th position with 4 fouls and out of the points were Santiago Lambre of Mexico in box 21st, Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil in 28th place, followed in position 29th by Paulo Santana of El Salvador, both accumulating 8 fouls, while the Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa did it with 13 fouls in the 34th position and the Argentine Luis Pedro Biraben retired.