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Luis Pedro Biraben & Chacco Bumpy Triumphant in $50,000 Spy Coast & Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix at Wellington

Wellington, Florida, USA – November 28, 2021 – The feature event of the 2021 71st Annual SFHJA Charity Horse Show took place under the lights on Saturday evening as 34 talented teams competed for the win in the $50,000 Spy Coast Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Course designer Oscar Soberon (USA) created a 16-effort track for the class, which saw seven duos advance to the jump-off. Less than one second separated the top three finishers at the conclusion of the contest, led by Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and his own Chacco Bumpy.

“This is the first big show back here for us since the summer. The course was nice and big enough for a grand prix of this caliber. It was a great class,” Biraben (ARG) commented after his win. “We went second in the order for the jump-off and there were a few riders after us, so we went with everything we had. I got lucky that nobody could match our time, so we had a good night tonight.” 

Following the first round of competition, seven pairs representing four nations – the United States, Argentina, Ireland, and Venezuela – had qualified for the tie-breaker round. Biraben (ARG) and Chacco Bumpy were the second partnership to contest the course, and they set a fast precedent in 41.37 seconds without faults to jump to the top of the standings. Five horse-and-rider combinations tackled the abridged course in an attempt to overthrow the leaders, three of which completed the pattern penalty-free, but none of them could catch the leading time.

Biraben (ARG) and Chacco Bumpy won the class by just two-tenths of a second, with Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Karlin Van’t Vennehof, owned by Sweet Oak Farm and Seabrook LLC, capturing second place in a clear time of 41.55 seconds, just a hair slower than the winning time of 41.37 seconds. Tanner Kortokin (USA) and Sandalwood Farms’ Volo’s Diamond earned the final podium spot in a double-clear time of 42.20 seconds.

We are looking forward to the [Holiday & Horses] CSI4* next week, where I will ride Chacco Bumpy again. After that he will have a few weeks off to get ready for the start of [the Winter Equestrian Festival] in January. I think it is going to be a really great season,” Biraben shared.

Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) & Chacco Bumpy during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $50,000 Spy Coast & Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix

1) Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) & Chacco Bumpy – 0 / 0 – 41.37

2) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Karlin Van’t Vennehof – 0 / 0 – 41.553

3) Tanner Kortokin (USA) & Volo’s Diamond – 0 / 0 – 42.20

Source: Press Release from PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography