CSI 3*

Diego Perez Bilbao & Helios Power to Victory in $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3* at WEF

2019. WEF CSI 3 Classic Diego Perez Bilbao & Helios Sportfot

Wellington, Florida, USA – March 17, 2019 – Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP) and Helios won the $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3* during the tenth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) was once again the course designer for the 1.50m jump-off contest. Seventy combinations were supposed to start but only sixty-four entered the International Arena to compete for gold and glory in Sunday’s feature class.

A total of thirteen combinations qualified for the decisive phase, with Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) and Dazermie ((Asemie x Hamlet) being the first ones to do so. Moreover, the Dane also rode a penalty-free first round aboard Cool Hand Luke 3 (Cascari x Quick Nick 4), giving him two chances to go for the win.

He was joined by Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP), Gabriela Reutter (CHI), Olivia Chowdry (USA), Markus Beerbaum (GER), Conor Swail (IRL), Katherine Dinan (USA), Zoe Conter (BEL), Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), Adam Prudent (FRA), Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Fabio Leivas da Costa (BRA).

Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP) and Helios had the disadvante of going second in the jump-off, but that didn’t affect their at all. The Spaniard guided the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood beautifully around the track for no penalties, setting the winning time at 34.798 seconds.

Katherine Dinan (USA) and Tarioso Manciais (Couleur Rubin x Grandeur) were the runners-up, having no penalties attributed to them while crossing the finish line in 35.783 seconds.

Gabriela Reutter (CHI) and Atticus Diamant (Diamant de Semilly x Vas Y Donc Longane) completed the podium after a flawless run in 35.900 seconds during the tiebreaker.

2019. WEF CSI 3 Classic Cel Diego Perez Bilbao & Helios Sportfot

Laura Southard of CaptiveOne Advisors and ringmaster Steve Rector with Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP) & Helios during the awards ceremony

Winner’s Circle

Diego Perez Bilbao

“I have been riding him for a little more than a year, he was from Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) whom I have a good relationship with and with McLain Ward (USA). I was working for François Mathy (BEL) who is a partner with McLain. Adrienne told me about the possibility to ride the horse in Europe when I was riding for François, so she sent him to me and I have now been riding him for a little more than a year. We have owned [Helios] together for the last couple of months.

I think he has all the talent, he is super careful and so easy to ride, he is super balanced. Sometimes his mind is not the fighter. Today he fought for me but it is not always easy to put him always on your side. For the rest, I think he could be a real superstar.”

“Now, I am working for Victoria Vargas so my plan is to stay here [in the US] for a couple of months and ride a little bit, and I dont know, maybe show at Old Salem and Lexington, we haven’t decided yet. Then we will go to Europe and I hope next year we will come back here again.”

It’s my first time here, watching and showing, I love it.

I asked Emil [Hallundbaek] who had gone before me if the six [strides from 2 to 3B] was possible and he said it was easy, and for me, it was not easy as for him because my horse was a bit cold so I had to push him a little for the six strides. And then after that, I felt him that at number two he was fighting for me and I thought it was maybe today, the day to take some risks.”

“It is one of the ones that gives me more pleasure since nobody knows me here and I would like to have good result. I am happy with my horse.

“In the beginning, I wasn’t sure about taking risks beacause he isn’t the fastest horse and this week I was planning to try to go a little faster than the other classes, but I had some unlucky faults in those classes. After I felt him at number 2 and thought, okay, today we are going to try a little bit, and I was lucky that the others who were faster had faults and the other ones were not fast enough.”

Results – $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3*

1) Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP) & Helios (Couleur-Rubin x Grandeur) – 0 – 0 – 34.798

2) Katie Dinan (USA) & Tarioso Manciais (Arioso du Theillet x First Bride) – 0 / 0 – 35.783

3) Gabriela Reutter (CHI) & Atticus Diamant (Diamant de Semilly x Vas Y Donc Longane) – 0 / 0 – 35.900

4) Markus Beerbaum (GER) & Daylight VDL (Baloubet du Rouet x Stakkato) – 0 / 0 – 36.282

5) Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) & Daziermie (Asemie x Hamlet) – 0 / 0 – 36.649

6) Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) & Cool Hand Luke 3 (Cascari x Quick Nick 4) – 0 / 0 – 36.821

7) Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Fantast (Toulon x Rubens du Ri d’Asse) – 0 / 4 – 34.359

8) Fabio Leivas da Costa (BRA) & Randon Pleasure (For Pleasure x Quidam de Revel) – 0 / 4 – 34.554

9) Conor Swail (IRL) & Captain (Verdi x Ahorn) – 0 / 4 – 34.592

10) Olivia Chowdry (USA) & Chuck Berry 8 (Chacco Blue x Watzmann) – 0 / 4 – 35.271

11) Zoe Conter (BEL) & Dolitaire Chavannaise (Cicero Z x Voltaire) – 0 / 4 – 38.486

12) Adam Prudent (USA) & Kenwood (Ogano Sitte x Kashmir van Schuttershof) – 0 / 8 – 34.904

Text: Lo-Ami Souza

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