San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – September 28, 2019 – Andres Azcarraga (MEX) and Contendros 2 positively dominated the MXN $1,100,000 Otomí Grand Prix CSI 3* last Saturday afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, galloping home nearly three seconds the victor in a jump-off field of seven.
Azcarraga and the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, fresh off a European summer tour, posted a winning time of 41.56 seconds over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s (USA) shortenedcourse. John Perez Bohm (COL) and Desperado D.N. -the only other double-clear performers on the day—finished second with a final time of 45.43 seconds.
Andres’ father, Jaime Azcarraga (MEX)and Eye Catcher Jb finished third as the fastest 4-faulters; their time was 41.61 seconds.
“Anthony always places very technical courses,” Andres said. “The jumps were very well
placed and resulted in only seven clear rounds, and this speaks to the difficulty of the course. I feel very fortunate that my results were so good.”
Azcarraga and Contendros are longtime partners, having been paired at the international level since 2015. When the duo made their international debut, Contendros 2 was 8 years old and had made only two FEI starts, while Azcarraga was just 22.
“I have had him for six years,” Azcarraga said. “I know him very well and have grown with him since we started in the 1.30m classes.
“I am very happy to have had him for so long, and now he is in his prime,” he added. “I am happy to get to enjoy him and make it to this level and to see where we will go.”
The win marked the second Otomí Grand Prix victory for the 26-year-old Azcarraga and Contendros 2, having won in CSI 2* competition in 2017, early in the stallion’s 10-year-old season. That puts Azcarraga just one victory away from becoming the third rider in history to claim Otomí’s prestigious Challenger Cup, awarded to any rider who can win three Otomí Grand Prix events. In May, Bruno Cavalheiro Rebello (BRA) hoisted hoisted the Cup, becoming the first to win three Otomí Grand Prix classes in a row.
“For me, winning here is incredible,” Azcarraga said. “We are always happy to come to Otomí.”
The CSI 3* Otomí Grand Prix was the first of two international grand prix events during Otomí’s two-week fall circuit. Competition resumes on Thursday, Oct. 3, highlighted by the CSI 2* Otomí Grand Prix on Sunday, Oct. 6.
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Source: Press release by Catie Staszak for Otomí
Photos: © Otomí Grand Prix / Humberto Pacheco
Categories: CSI 3*