Vejer de la Frontera, Spain – October 23, 2021 – Today the Longines Ranking class was sponsored by La Equina, this Big Class was set at 1.45m and run under table A (FT). The course was designed by Cédric Longis (FRA) and consisted of 12 fences with 14 jumping efforts. Overall, the course rode well with faults spread throughout and with many riders using the class as a preparation for next weeks Nations Cup round.
Early to go in this class was Laura Kraut (USA), who was part of the Silver medal winning USA team in this year’s Tokyo Olympics. It was clear that she started off her round with the very neat jumper Galliano VM, with a view to win. This was clear from the very first sharp rollback early on the course, into a double, her turn was sharper than any rider before her and barely matched by any after her. Laura came in just under 20 hundredths of a second faster than the then leader, who was Matthew Sampson (GBR) with Connecticut. It appeared that the two riders were going to top the podium and when there were only three riders to jump everyone thought the results were cut and dried.
Until, with just three riders to go from the 81 participants, the very talented Brazilian rider Pedro Veniss (BRA) came in to the arena and absolutely flew around the course in very nearly, a second less than Laura. Pedro was riding Nimrod de Muze Z and it really looked like these two would be our winners today. Las to go another Brazilian rider, Felipe Amaral (BRA) came in to the ring on the 14-year-old Germanico T who a KWPN and is by the fabulous stallion. From the start-line these two absolutely gave it their all, they were extremely fast, quick around the corners with rapid get aways after each fence and in the end they took almost another second off of Pedro’s time leaving Laura almost 2 seconds down and in third place.
Final Results – €26,300 La Equina Big Class CSI 3*
1) Felipe Amaral (BRA) & Germanico T – 0 / 65.7
2) Pedro Veniss (BRA) & Nimrod de Muze Z – 0 / 66.69
3) Laura Kraut (USA) & Galliano VM – 0 / 67.58
Source: Press Release from the Sunshine Tour
Photo: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia