Wellington, Florida, USA – December 19, 2019 – Santiago Lambre (MEX) dominated the field in Thursday’s $25,000 ProElite National Grand Prix, claiming both a first and second-place finish to conclude the ESP Holiday II competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Lambre and the 11-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood (Harley VDL x Colorado D) stopped the jump-off timers in 40.113 seconds after a penalty-free effort to secure top honors.
The Brazilian-born rider who represents Mexico was also second, this time riding Ibabco (Nabab de Reve x Darco) put in a jump-off time of 43.839 seconds to secure second place.
Darragh Kerins (IRL) piloted NRG Farm LLC’s Delight M-G C de Leuze (Armitage x Vox Dei Mg C De Leuze) through the jump-off track in 47.396 seconds to claim third.
FEI course designer Mauricio Garcia Ballesteros (PUR) saw 25 pairs contest the first round with eight returning for the jump-off. “It was a nice course for a national standard [grand prix], especially for my horses after having three weeks off. It was technical and the time allowed was okay,” Lambre shared. “With the first one [Doloris], I took a lot of risks. Then after that, there weren’t that many clear, so I just tried to jump clear and stay between first and third with Ibabco.
Santiago Lambre (MEX) claimed both the first and second-place finish in the $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix with Doloris and Ibabco, respectively. Pictured on Ibabco with Jeff Fosenburg, Feed Sales Consultant of Cargill Feed and Nutrition, and Steve Rector, ringmaster.
Lambre explained that he has big plans for the upcoming WEF season: “I’m going to keep jumping the horses that I want to start for WEF 1. I have a plan to jump all of the five stars with Cetano and/or Diathago, and maybe some Nations Cups. Doloris will continue to do the medium classes and maybe the 1.50m. I don’t push her too much because she’s very competitive at this level.”
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Source: Press release from PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography