Quarteira, Faro, Portugal – October 11, 2021 – The first of six CSI Grands Prix during the 2021 Vilamoura Champions took place last Sunday at the Vilamoura Equestrian Centre. A total of 28 combinations lined up to challenge Italian Course designer Elio Travagliati‘s (ITA) 1.55m course, featuring 12 obstacles and 15 efforts, set to be completed at the maximum time of 80 seconds flat.
It was not until the 5th combination that spectators witnessed the first clear with the performance by Mario Prieto (POR) aboard Vivalgot. Six more would advance to the tiebreaker, two of them from Portugal, Duarte Seabra (POR) on HHS Washington and António Matos de Almeida(POR) on Iniesta P, another two from Great Britain, Alicia Page (GBR) on Diacento and Douglas Duffin (GBR) aboard Linares BG, one from Brazil, Felipe Ramos Guinato (BRA) on Bigstar, and last but not least, one from Ireland, Michael Pender (IRL) with HHS Calais.
As the pathfinder in the tiebreaker, Mário Prieto (POR) guided Vivalgot towards the first double clear of the day. However, Duarte Seabra (POR) HHS Washington lowered the mark, setting the new standard at 39.85 seconds. However, Seabra’s mark would be good enough for bronze honors.
Michael Pender (IRL) and HHS Calais were much faster than Seabra, almost 2 seconds quicker, timed at 37.92 seconds, a mark that ended up securing the win for the Irishman.
Felipe Ramos Guinato (BRA) and Bigstar were fast, but not fast enough. The Brazilian was the closest one, coming in second backed by a final time of 38.77 seconds.
Final Results – €51,100 Grand Prix of Vilamoura CSI 3*
1) Michael Pender (IRL) & HHS Calais – 0 / 0 – 37.92
2) Felipe Ramos Guinato (BRA) & Bigstar – 0 / 0 – 38.77
3) Duarte Seabra (POR) & HHS Washington – 0 / 0 – 39.85
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Photos: © Vilamoura Equestrian Centre