Edited Press Release
Ocala, FL – Friday’s competition at the World Equestrian Center – Ocala began with the $37,000 1.45m FEI CSI3* Power & Speed class. Top-level course designer, Alan Wade of Ireland set the two-phase track for 23 opponents, representing eight countries. The course proved challenging and only seven managed to yield fault-free rounds, but Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR) and his new mount, Vick Du Croisy (Lord Carthago x Vondeen) flew to the top with an unbeatable time.
Goncalves entered the arena with the 13-year-old Selle Francais mare halfway through the class. The duo flew past the competition, finishing the speed portion in 30.16 seconds to hold the victory.
Sigma Stables LLC’s Vick Du Croisy is a brand-new mount for Goncalves. “Vick Du Croisy came last Tuesday from quarantine,” he said. “This was her first week showing, and she jumped to third on Wednesday in the 1.45m Speed class. She won’t do the [FEI] grand prix this week, but hopefully the national [standard] grand prix soon.”
Goncalves was determined to win, saying, “Yesterday, I told my staff that I would win today and treat them to the best restaurant in Ocala for all of their hard work.”
“I am very excited to see what’s in store for this mare. Once she gets into a bit more shape, I think she is going to be unstoppable. She has already done a few four-stars in Italy,” he added.
Second and third place was secured by Aaron Vale. Vale captured the second place finish toward the end of the order aboard Thinklikeahorse’s Condarco (Conthargos x Darko). Vale and the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding gave the speed portion all that they had in 30.37 seconds. Vale and his third place mount, Obi Wan (Centadel x Continue) were the original pathfinders for the class, producing the first fault-free course in 31.21 seconds to ultimately take home the third place ribbon.
Final Results: $37,000 1.45m FEI CSI3* Power & Speed
1 VICK DU CROISY: 2009 Selle Francais mare by Lord Carthago x Vondeen
Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR), Sigma Stables LLC: 0/0/30.16
2 CONDARCO: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Conthargos x Darko
Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 0/0/30.37
3 OBI WAN: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Centadel x Continue
Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 0/0/31.21
4 CASTOR D’HEM: 2012 Selle Francais gelding by Ready Boy Des Forets ‘hn’ x Rochebourg
Erynn Ballard (CAN), Erynn Ballard: 0/0/31.57
5 CHAPEAU PS Z: 2014 Zangersheide stallion by Comilfo Plus Z x Calato Z
Luis Pedro Biraben (POR), Luis Pedro Biraben: 0/0/32.52
6 QUINCY TOO: 2009 Zangersheide gelding by Quartz Adelheid Z
Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0/0/32.84
7 HOLLYWOOD DE RASE Z: 2012 Zangersheide gelding by Hoegie Van’t Bergske x Triomphe De Muze
Angela Covert (CAN), Angela Covert: 0/0/35.21
8 MAESTRO VICA V/D ARK: 2012 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Lordanos x Heartbreaker
Natalie Dean (USA), Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/4/32.52
9 BILOBA DES CHAINES: 2011 Selle Francais gelding Winningmood x If De Merze
Hunter Holloway (USA), Sigma Stables LLC: 0/4/35.21
10 AFTER EIGHT: 2010 Swedish Warmblood mare by Diarado x Cardento
Jad Dana (LBN), Springhill Farm 1850, LLC: 4/0/32.88
11 NABAL DE TRIVERA: 2010 Warmblood gelding by Nabab De Reve
Alberto Michan (ISR), Alberto Michan: 4/0/33.79
12 AMSTRONG DE MOYON: 2010 Selle Francais gelding by Rock’n Roll Semilly x Calypso De Moyon
Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR), Sigma Stables LLC: 4/0/33.86
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