Edited Press Release
Wilmington, OH – World Equestrian Center – Wilmington hosted the first $75,000 WEC Grand Prix of the 2022 Fall Classic Show Series Saturday evening in the Sanctuary Arena. In the opening Level 5 Jumper competition, an international field of 22 horse-and-rider combinations battled for the lion’s share of the prize money, but it was Olympian Santiago Lambre (BRA) and his longtime partner, Comtess 202 (Comme II Faut 5 x Parodie) that stole the victory by three tenths of a second.
Rob Barton (USA) built the challenging track that featured 16 jumping efforts. Of the starting 22 contenders, only six successfully answered the questions in the first round track to qualify for the jump-off.
Santiago Lambre (BRA) managed a clean first round on two mounts, Cetano Van Aspergem Z (Clinton x Altamira Z) and Comtess 202. Lambre returned for the jump-off first with 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding Cetano Van Aspergem Z. The pair flew round the course in 37.052 seconds, but fell victim to an unlucky rail.
Francisco Goyoaga (ESP) and Ashland Farm’s Jakima- VI followed, finding a speedy track in 38.235 seconds to ultimately secure fourth place.
Next in was fan favorite, Kady Abrahamson (USA) and Abrahamson Equestrian LLC’s Any (Aljano x Nina XI). Abrahamson and the 14-year-old Holsteiner mare flew around the short track, executing tight turns while soaring over each fence to stop the clock at 35.945 seconds and snag the lead. However, their time in the lead was eclipsed when Santiago Lambre entered the arena aboard Comtess 202.
“Kady was two seconds faster than my time on Cetano, so I knew I was going to have to take all of the risks in order to win,” Lambre said. “I started slow in the beginning, but was tidy everywhere. Then I went as fast as I could to the last fence, and the distance was long, but Comtess kept it up.”
The pair galloped through the timers stopping the clock at an unbeatable 35.645 seconds.
“Comtess just won an FEI CSI3* three weeks ago in Mexico. I came here to prepare my horses for the World Cup™ in Lexington, Kentucky,” Lambre said. “I am currently trying to qualify for the World Cup Finals™, so we are traveling a lot, but it is always nice to come here and compete for a lot of prize money.”
Two entries remained after Lambre and Comtess 202. Giavanna Rinaldi and Andrew Bourn’s Renkum Overdrive (Renkum Offender x Renkum Off Key) galloped round an efficient track in 42.480 seconds to land the pair in fifth place.
Tiffany Hammack (USA) and Ghana FS Z (Glasgow W VH Merelsnest x Uschi-Vira) were the final pair to attempt to snag the time from Lambre and Comtess 202. Hammack and the nine-year-old Zangersheide mare dashed through the course in 37.128 seconds with all rails up to earn the third place spot on the leaderboard.
The Vitalize® Blazin’ Fastest Four-Faulter Award was secured by Lisa Goldman-Smolen and Barbara Disko’s Sovereign.
$75,000 WEC Grand Prix Results:
1 Comtess 202, Santiago Lambre (BRA), Santiago Lambre: 0 | 0 | 35.645
2 Any, Kady Abrahamson (USA), Abrahamson Equestrian LLC: 0 | 0 | 35.945
3 Ghana FS Z, Tiffany Hammack (USA), Foxwood Farm: 0 | 0 | 37.128
4 Jakima-VI, Francisco Goyoaga (ESP), Ashland Farms: 0 | 0 | 38.235
5 Renkum Overdrive, Giavanna Rinaldi (USA), Andrew Bourns: 0 | 0 | 42.480
6 Cetano Van Aspergem Z, Santiago Lambre (BRA), Santiago Lambre: 0 | 4 | 37.052
7 Eastpoint, Hillary Johnson (USA), Hillary Johnson: 1 | 92.133
8 Sovereign, Lisa Goldman-Smolen (USA), Barbara Disko: 4 | 82.994
9 ERP Van Www.Olland.Biz, Katia Manuel-Adams (USA), Katia Manuel-Adams: 4 | 87.093
10 Nightshade SCF, Sarah Meier (USA), Sarah Meier: 4 | 88.397
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