Santiago Lambre Bookends the Podium in the $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix with Easy Girl & Comtess 202

Wellington, Florida, USA – December 23, 2021 – The $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix took place on Thursday, December 23, the final day of the ESP Holiday III Show at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Twenty-two contestants competed for the lion’s share of the prize money over the course designed by Héctor Loyola (PUR). After a 10-horse jump-off, Brazil’s Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Easy Girl took their place in the winner’s circle after clearing the jump-off in the fastest time. Lambre also claimed the final spot on the podium with Comtess 202.

“I’ve had Comtess since the beginning of the year. The owner is a long-time supporter of my brother and I,” Lambre shared of Comtess 202, owned by Mario Onate. “She jumped the 4* Grand Prix here a few weeks ago and just had one time fault, and I wanted to jump her again after having two weeks off to keep her fit and ready for the season. We’ll compete in another National Grand Prix, and then, at the end of January, I’ll probably compete in the 4* Grand Prix and hopefully a 5* Grand Prix later in the season.”

Of the 10 pairs that advanced to the seven fence jump-off, just two were able to land double-clear rounds. Third to go in the order, Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Mario Onate’s Easy Girl were the first pair to clear the short course in a quick 37.66 seconds.

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) made a valiant effort with Triple S Group’s Holliewood, placing the last clear round of the class but was nearly two seconds behind with a time of 39.502 seconds.

Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Comtess 202 had just one rail early in the course but were still able to claim a podium finish after stopping the clock at 39.898 seconds. 

Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Easy Girl, pictured with Susie Wong, Feed Sales & Technical Representative – Equine Specialist at Cargill, won the $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix.

Final Results – $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix

1) Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Easy Girl – 37.66

2) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Holliewood – 0 / 0 – 39.502

3) Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Comtess 202 – 0 / 4 – 39.898

Source: Press Release from Equestrian Sports Productions

Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography