São Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2019 – After four days of competition, the 2019 Brazilian Senior Top Champion was crowned last Sunday at Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP) in São Paulo, Brazil.
José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA) maintained his incredible performance of the entire year, riding Azrael W to defend their title from last year and his third overall championship in the last five years, winning the coveted contest on courses designed by Ivan Tagle (ARG), at the maximum height of 1.55 meters.
After two classes before the final, only two combinations had advanced to the Grand Prix without penalties: José Roberto Reynoso (BRA) aboard Azrael W and André Nascimento Xavier (BRA) with GR Garuda. Marcello Ciavaglia (BRA) and Conto RJ followed them, with 6 penalty-points.
José Roberto Reynoso (BRA) & Azrael W
Carrying 5 penalty-points from the first round, José Roberto Reynoso (BRA) and the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Chin Chin x Voltaire) were the last ones to go in the final round, trying to go clear to secure the championship.
Once again, they were clutch under pressure, registering one time-penalty in their final performance to clinch the 2019 Brazilian Senior Top Championship, bringing their overall score to 6 penalty-points, earning them R$60,000 , the lion’s share of the R$117,000 at stake.
Marcello Ciavaglia (BRA) and Conto RJ
Marcello Ciavaglia (BRA) and Conto RJ won the Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing second in the championship with an overall score of 7 penalty-points after four performances.
André Nascimento Xavier (BRA) & GR Garuda
Third place was claimed by André Nascimento Xavier (BRA) and GR Garuda, a nationally-bred mare that is on the rise, finishing in third place. The duo tallied 13 penalty-points.
Winner’s Circle: José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho
“The Brazilian Championship is the most important moment of the season. We came winnging the International SHP Indoor Grand Prix CSI 2*-W for the third time here at Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP) and then had with a good performance in the Haras Agromen Grand Prix. Now we consolidate our results with the Brazilian Senior title. I am a four-time champion now, which is very gratifying for me, three of them aboard Azrael W.
“Once again I only have compliments to him,” said the champion, 39, highlighting the qualities of Azrael W, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood, who has been with the rider since the age of three.
Podium: Francisco Mari – owner of Azrael W, Romeu Leite – President of Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP), 1) José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho 2) Marcello Ciavaglia 3) André Nascimento Xavier 4) Alberto Bento Sinimbu 5) Flavio Grillo Araújo 6) Marcos Antonio da Costa Ribeiro Junior and Ronald Bittencourt Filho – President of the Brazilian Equestrian Federation (CBH)
Among the spectators, there was the illustrious presence of Philippe Guerdat (FRA), the Chef d’Equipe of the Brazilian team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, who followed the dispute closely and gave tips to several riders.
For Guerdat, who followed some legs of the senior top ranking circuit in 2019, “the difficulty level of the Brazilian Senior Championship was good and the riders have been evolving a lot.”
Results – 2019 Brazilian Senior Top Championship
Place / Country / Horse / Final Score
1) José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA) & Azrael W – 6
2) Marcello Ciavaglia (BRA) & Conto RJ – 7
3) André Nascimento Xavier (BRA) & GR Garuda – 13
Source: Press release by Carola May for the Brazilian Equestrian Federation / CBH – Confederation Brazilian de Hipismo
Photos: © Luis Carlos Ruas / JC Markun / Carola May