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Santiago Lambre (BRA) claimed his third victory of the week Sunday afternoon as he took top honors in the $138,600 Southern Arches CSI3* Grand Prix. To add to the impressive hat trick, he captured each win aboard a different horse throughout the opening week of the Tournament of Champions, this time with Chacco Blue II.
Lambre had the advantage of jumping late in the order in both the first round and the jump-off, coming in aboard the 15-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Chacco Blue x Cincaba Rouge) second to last in the starting order. He jumped one of six clear rounds over Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) course.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) jumped off right before Lambre with Sweet Oak Farm’s Namaste van het Eyckeveld and set a new time to beat as the first double-clear effort in 38.10 seconds. It appeared all but won as Lambre stepped in and took every opportunity to subtract strides, picking up a full gallop to the last and ultimately crossing the timers in an impressive 36.69 seconds.
Lisa Goldman-Smolen (USA) was the last to jump-off with Barbara Disko’s Ivaro N and recorded just the third double-clear round, capturing third and also placing fourth aboard Sovereign, her second mount owned by Barbara Disko.
Sunday marked the third major victory in four days for Lambre during the first week of the Tournament of Champions, following a win in Thursday’s CSI3* Speed with Comtess 202 and in Saturday’s National Grand Prix with Pampero.
“All week the horses jumped amazing in this ring,” Lambre commented. “Every time I come here I have good results. I came here early to prepare for the [American] Gold Cup and the horses are fresh and feel very good.”
Lambre acquired the ride aboard Chacco Blue II last year in preparation for the Olympic team selections. Though he missed out on Tokyo 2020, he has since changed nationalities from Mexico to Brazil and hopes to make the Brazilian team for Paris.
“He is a fantastic horse,” Lambre said of Chacco Blue II. “He’s 15 now, but he’s really fresh and I hope he’ll jump a few more years. He can jump 1.60m like it’s 1.45m. He’s really scopey, brave, and easy to ride.”
The stallion has been blind in his left eye for the majority of his life due to a field injury sustained early on in his life. “He’s been blind since he was two years old,” Lambre explained. “He’s an amazing horse. He was jumping the CSI5* grand prixs in Wellington. He’s a horse that I will prepare for the [American] Gold Cup and try to qualify next year for [FEI] World Cup Finals.”
Though Lambre doesn’t change his ride often to make up for the horse’s left side blindness, it did almost play a role Sunday at the skinny vertical late in the jump-off. “In the beginning, I called Luciana Diniz (BRA), who was riding him before, and she told me I don’t need to ride thinking that he’s blind,” he continued. “You turn to the left and he focuses on the jumps. I think it doesn’t affect him. Today the left turn [to the skinny] was difficult because it was a skinny jump and it’s harder to jump the middle. I turned a little short and he looked a little but he jumped. Normally I don’t think about it.”
Lambre’s fortunes always seem to fall in his favor when he comes to Traverse City, and he continues to return and see improvements. “I come every year and every year they improve a lot,” he concluded. “I think the facility is one of the best in the U.S. The horses are fresh and like the weather. The footing cannot be better. It’s a horse show that deserves five stars.”
Week two of the Tournament of Champions at Flintfields Horse Park welcomes the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, featuring the $138,600 Agero CSI3* Grand Prix Sunday afternoon.
Final Results: $138,600 Southern Arches CSI3* Grand Prix
1. CHACCO BLUE II: 2007 OS stallion by Chacco Blue x Cincaba Rouge
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (BRA), Santiago Lambre: 0/0/36.69
2. NAMASTE VAN HET EYCKEVELD: 2013 BWP gelding by Elvis Ter Putte x Coriall
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm: 0/0/38.10
3. IVARO N: 2013 KWPN gelding by Elvaro x Celano
LISA GOLDMAN-SMOLEN (USA), Barbara Disko: 0/0/38.20
4. SOVEREIGN: 2006 SF stallion by Frontal x Galoubet A
LISA GOLDMAN-SMOLEN (USA), Barbara Disko: 0/4/39.51
5. INAJOTTIE WB: 2013 mare by Carrera VDL x Indoctro
SAMANTHA MACKENZIE, Samantha Mackenzie: 0/4/44.54
6. CAPTAIN Z: 2012 ZANG gelding by Calvino Z x Voltaire
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/RT
7. BIRDY DU THOT: 2011 SF mare by Magic D’Elle x Le Tot De Semilly
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Ashley Vogel: 4/72.96
8. QUINN 33: 2012 HOLST gelding by Quidam De Revel x Contender
TANNER KOROTKIN (USA), Zascha Nygaard Andreasen: 4/73.01
9. KIRSCHWASSER SCF: 2010 BWP gelding by Amaretto D’Arco x Nabab De Reve
FREDDIE VAZQUEZ (PUR), Freddie Vazquez: 4/75.82
10. IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: 2013 KWPN gelding by Cardento x Peter Pan
KELLY ARANI (USA), Marigot Bay Farm, LLC: 4/75.85
11. DAMZELLE STE HERMELLE: 2013 SF mare by Uppercut Kervec x Paladin Des Ifs
LACEY GILBERTSON (USA), Seabrook LLC: 4/76.18
12. MANHATTAN VAN’T LEEUWERIKENHOF: 2012 BWP gelding by Emerald x Kashmir Van Schuttershof
FILIP DE WANDEL (BEL), Five Way Farm LLC: 4/77.33
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