WEF’s first Welcome class made and evaluated by speed to capture Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam the victory, followed by United States rider Todd Minikus and Jeroen Dubbeldam of the Netherlands. The Chilean Samuel Parot eighth. (Photo © Sportfot)
The eighth edition of the Ruby et Violette Series was done with a speed class, being part of the Welcome that qualifies for this week’s Grand Prix which will be held on Sunday at the conclusion of the CSI 4* week.
Led by Irishman Shane Sweetnam who captured his first FEI win of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival, he stopped the clock in 69.13 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Cobolt (Cyklon 1083 x Camaro M) owned by Sweetnam and The Blue Buckle Group, getting 50 World Ranking points in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8.
For the second place Todd Minikus of the United States marked a time of 69.91 seconds with the 15-year-old gelding Valinski (Nijinski x Julius) to be next to the winner, the only ones that lowered the barrier of the 70 seconds. For his part, world champion Jeroen Dubbeldam of the Netherlands escorted them in third position and recording 71.43 seconds with 13-year-old gelding SFN Zenith (Rash x Fire du Prelet) in a class designed by Ken Krome with 59 pairs.
For the Latin Ranking Chilean Samuel Parot was the best classifier in eighth place, completing his course in 72.70 seconds with 9-year-old gelding Dazzle White (Calvin Z x Narcos II). Also added points to the FEI Longines Ranking Colombian Roberto Terán and 11-year-old gelding Il Rubacouri (Nabab Reve x Heartbreaker) occupying the tenth position in 76.78 seconds.
Final Results $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8:
1.-COBOLT/SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL) 0/69.13
2.- VALINSKI S/TODD MINIKUS (USA) 0/69.91
3.- SFN ZENITH/JEROEN DUBBELDAM (NED 0/71.43
4.- ISHD DUAL STAR/LAURA CHAPOT (USA) 0/71.87
5.- LADRIANO Z/DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR) 0/72.01
6.- IT’S REAL LOVE DV SMIS Z/BEN MAHER (GBR) 0/72.08
7.- BULL RUN’S TESTIFY/KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA) 0/72.26
8.- DAZZLE WHITE/SAMUEL PAROT (CHI) 0/72.70
9.- CASSIS 54/LUCY DAVIS (USA) 0/76.66
10.- IL RUBACUORI/ROBERTO TERAN JR (COL) 0/76.78
11.- QUIRIE 2/ALI WOLFF (USA) 1/77.20
12.- G&C UNICSTAR DE L’AUMONE/SERGIO ALVAREZ MOYA (ESP) 1/77.95