Ocala, FL – International competition kicked off early this morning in the WEC Grand Arena with the $37,000 1.45m FEI CSI3* Power & Speed class. Seventeen competitors tried their hand at Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) power and speed course, where exhibitors were challenged to jump clear over the first seven fences and immediately continue on to the last six obstacles, regardless of whether or not faults have been incurred in the preliminary phase.
Seven different countries, including the United States, Brazil, Russia, Australia, Israel, Ireland and Argentina took to the arena with the hopes of snatching the win. Evan M. Coluccio and Hampton Green Farm LLC’s Egalini were the path finders, with a fault-free ride in 40.91 seconds, well under the time allowed of 47 seconds in the first phase. The pair galloped on to the second phase to set the pace with a time of 39.56 seconds.
Lambre and Cetano Van Aspergem Z, a 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding by Clinton x Ahron Z, entered the arena, with the determination to win. Lambre and the speedy gelding, just received second place in last night’s $50,000 Lugano Diamonds FEI CSI3* Welcome Prix. Today, the pair continued their success with another fault-free ride in 36.55 seconds to capture the lead.
Cetano Van Aspergem Z was not tired one bit after last night, “Cetano Van Aspergem Z is a very hot horse. Today, he was much more rideable than last night. When he is super-hot, he is much more challenging to ride. Today, he felt great,” said Lambre.
Hunter Holloway (USA) and Biloba Des Chaines, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Winningmood x If De Merze owned by Sigma Stables LLC, were next in the ring, where they finished the speed portion in 39.52 seconds to ultimately earn third place.
Johan Kachelhoffer (RSA) and the 13-year-old Brandenburg gelding by Cellestial x Kolibri were the third to last pair to try and beat Lambre’s quick time but finished in 37.43 seconds to take home the red ribbon.
Final Results: $37,000 1.45m FEI CSI3* Power & Speed
1 CETANO VAN ASPERGEM Z: 2009 Zangersheide gelding by Clinton x Ahorn Z
Santiago Lambre (BRA), Santiago Lambre: 0/0/36.55
2 COOPER B: 2013 Brandenburg gelding by Cellestial x Kolibri
Johan Kachelhoffer (RSA), Johan Kachelhoffer: 0/0/37.43
3 BILOBA DES CHAINES: 2011 Selle Francais gelding Winningmood x If De Merze
Hunter Holloway (USA), Sigma Stables LLC: 0/0/39.52
4 EGALINI: 2009 AES gelding by Cheers Cassini x Jalisco B
Evan M. Coluccio (USA), Hampton Green Farm LLC: 0/0/39.56
5 ALAN 111 Z: 2011 Zangersheide gelding by Arko III x Kannan
David Cameron (USA), Linda Huddy & Sally Watkins: 0/0/39.80
6 BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Pilot
Alberto Michan (ISR), Eduardo Leon: 4/0/42.48
7 DARQUITO: 2011 Hanoverian gelding by D’inzeo 6 x Contefino 2
Andrew Bourns (IRL), Andrew Bourns: 0/4/42.61
8 BOGOTA NANTUEL: 2011 Selle Francais mare by Tlaloc M x Carnute
Kayla Savard (USA), Kayla Savard: 0/4/43.31
9 CONDARCO: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Conthargos x Darko
Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 4/0/44.98
10 QUABRA Z: 2013 Zangersheide stallion by Quabri De L’isle x Champion
Blythe Karolyi (USA), Sloan Hopson: 4/0/48.74
11 DSP COOL HILL: 2010 Westphalian gelding by Corlensky G x Al Cantino
Pheobe Lang (USA), Zeitgeist Equestrian: 0/4/38.92
12 BANCO DU MOULIN: 2011 Selle Francais gelding by Popstar Lozanais x Tu Viens Dorval
Kady Abrahamson (USA), Abrahamson Equestrian LLC: 4/4/38.68