26-year-old American rider Zazou Hoffman took the first victory of her career beating his countryman and world number 1 Kent Farrington. Nicolas Pizarro seventh. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The second FEI class of the ‘North American’ CSI 5* had the great surprise on the part of Zazou Hoffman, a 26-year-old American rider, that obtained the first victory in her career.
For the memory was the day for Zazou Hoffman, who was for the first time to take a FEI victory event and even better for the World Number 829 that managed to surpass in closed end to World Number 1 Kent Farrington and World Number 7 Eric Lamaze.
Completing her jump-off round in the $35,000 Aon Cup, Zazou Hoffman scored a time of 35.31 seconds with the 14-year-old mare W Zermie 13 (Robert R x Voltaire) getting 50 World Ranking Points, followed by her fellowman Kent Farrington, winner of two yesterday’s classes, who recorded a time of 35.40 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido), while third place was occupied by the Canadian Eric Lamaze next to the 11-year-old gelding Chacco Kid (Chacco-Blue X Come On) in 36.30 seconds.
For the Top 5 and following with the select group of big stars that surpassed the winner were, Yann Candele of Canada in fourth place with a time of 36.51 seconds next to the 11-year-old gelding Chaventyno (Chacco-Blue x Aventyno) and World Number 2 McLain Ward finished fifth with HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) in 37.15 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking the Mexicans Nicolas Pizarro and Patricio Pasquel stood out, being the only ones that added FEI Ranking Points, being Pizarro the owner of the seventh place with the 10-year-old mare La Petite Fleur 6 (Lexicon x Romino) in 38.07 seconds and Pasquel accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Careyes (Converter x Landgold) in eighth place with 38.37 seconds.