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No Jump-off, No Problema! Salvador Oñate & Beautiful Red Top $2,000,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Leon CSI 4*-W

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Lèon, Mexico – Saturday, February 8, 2020 – Salvador Oñate (MEX) recorded a meaningful victory in the $2,000,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Leon CSI 4*-W Saturday afternoon at the Lèon Country Club.

Oñate, the owner of the venue hosting the prestigious event, was the only rider to jump Anderson Lima’s (BRA) technical course without incurring a jumping penalty. He and his 11-year-old Holsteiner mare Beautiful Red took the win with a single time fault in the first round; no jump-off was required. “It’s amazing,” Oñate said. “To win a World Cup anywhere, let alone in my hometown—it’s just amazing. I can’t explain how much it means.”

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Arturo Parada Vallejo (MEX) & Tarzan d’Ivraie

Oñate’s final time was 83.88 seconds, less than a second over the 83-second time allowed. Arturo Parada Vallejo (MEX) and Tarzan d’Ivraie finished second as the fastest four faulters on a time of 78.72 seconds.

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Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado (MEX) & Just Nice van het Indihof

Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado (MEX) aboard Just Nice van het Indihof finished third, also with four faults but with a slightly slower time of 79.40 seconds.

“As soon as I walked, I knew there would only be maybe one or two clear rounds,” Oñate explained. “I knew I had to take my time and that it would be better for me to take my time and maybe have a time fault, so I had to gamble a bit.”

Lima’s course asked questions throughout, with the most challenging including the line fromthe triple bar to a 1.60m vertical; the triple combination down the short side of the arena; and the final line, which consisted of a delicate oxer, 1.60m plank, and a final very square oxer with a liverpool.

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Salvador Oñate (MEX) & Beautiful Red

Like Oñate, Beautiful Red also lives on property, but the new fences and the large crowd brought her to life even if she was in a familiar setting.“She’s never jumped in this field like that. With all the crowd and new things for her,” Onate explained. “This is her home, but she was a bit spooky. She jumped her heart out.”

Although small mistakes prevented a jump-off from materializing, both the riders and the course designer assessed that there could have easily been several clear performances.

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Arturo Parada Vallejo (MEX) & Tarzan d’Ivraie

“I liked the course,” second-place finisher Parada Vallejo said. “Walking it, I thought about [the area] where I had my rail. I had a fault where I thought I would have it. I’m very satisfied with my horse.”

“I would have [chosen a distance] closer to the triple bar if I could do it again,” Zendejas Salgado, whose rail relegated him to third. “It was a tricky line!”

With Mexico headed full steam toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Lima said the difficulty of the course reflected the caliber of the field. “I’m fortunate to travel a lot, [from] Europe [to the] U.S. [and beyond],” he said. “My goal was to bring the quality of course that they deserved. I’m building them up here, so [when they] go out there [beyond Mexico], they aren’t scared with what they see.”

Lèon had not hosted an event of this level before last year. With a strong commitment to the sport, Oñate and the Eq Marketing Organizing Committee put a lot of effort into making his training facility an FEI competition caliber venue.

“I’m really happy,” said Rafael David, representing the Eq Marketing Organizing Committee. “This is the second week of World Cup qualifying in Mexico. I’m happy with the result, the riders and the good horses [here].”

The event marked the last FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier in Mexico during the 2019/2020 North American League season, with one qualifier remaining in Ocala, FL before horses and riders from around the world head to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in mid-April in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The Copa BanBajío Leon CSI 4*-W continues through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. And one leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League will return to Mexico in 2021.

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Source: Press release by Catie Staszak / EqSol / EqMkt for Copa Banbajío

Photos: © Rodrigo Cenceña / UnoyCuatro / EqMkt / Copa Banbajío