Ocala, Florida, USA – July 01, 2022 – The second major competition of the week took place with the running of the $37,000 Power & Speed CSI 3* challenge at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. Top-level course designer, Alan Wade (IRL) set the two-phase track for 23 opponents, representing eight countries. The course proved challenging and only seven managed to yield fault-free rounds, but Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) and his new mount, Vick du Croisy (Lord Carthago x Vondeen) flew to the top with an unbeatable time.
Gonçalves entered the arena with the 13-year-old Selle Français mare halfway through the 1.45m challenge. The duo flew past the competition, finishing the speed portion in 30.16 seconds to hold the victory.
Sigma Stables LLC’s Vick du Croisy is a brand-new mount for Conçalves, “Vick Du Croisy came last Tuesday from quarantine. This was her first week showing and she jumped to third on Wednesday in the 1.45m Speed class. She won’t do the grand prix this week, but hopefully the national grand prix soon.”
Gonçalves was determined to win today, “Yesterday, I told my staff that I would win today and treat them to the best restaurant in Ocala for all of their hard work.”
“I am very excited to see what’s in store for this mare. Once she gets into a bit more shape, I think she is going to be unstoppable. She has already done a few four-stars in Italy,” said Gonçalves.
Second and third place was secured by Aaron Vale (USA) in today’s Power & Speed Challenge CSI 3*. Vale captured the second place finish toward the end of the order aboard Thinklikeahorse’s Condarco (Conthargos x Darko). Vale and the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding gave the speed portion all that they had in 30.37 seconds.
Vale and his third place mount, Obi Wan (Centadel x Continue) were the original pathfinders for the class, producing the first fault-free course in 31.21 seconds to ultimately take home the third place ribbon.
Final Results: $37,000 1.45m FEI CSI3* Power & Speed
1) Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) & Vick du Croisy: 2009 Selle Francais mare by Lord Carthago x Vondeen Sigma Stables LLC: 0/0/30.16
2) Aaron Vale (USA) & Condarco: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Conthargos x Darko, Thinkslikeahorse: 0/0/30.37
3) Aaron Vale (USA) & Obi Wan: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Centadel x Continue , Thinkslikeahorse: 0/0/31.21
4) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Castor D’Hem: 2012 Selle Francais gelding by Ready Boy Des Forets ‘hn’ x Rochebourg, Erynn Ballard: 0/0/31.57
5) Luis Pedro Biraben (POR) & Chapeau PS Z: 2014 Zangersheide stallion by Comilfo Plus Z x Calato Z, Luis Pedro Biraben: 0/0/32.52
6) Sharn Wordley (NZL) & Quincy Too: 2009 Zangersheide gelding by Quartz Adelheid Z, Sharn Wordley: 0/0/32.84
7) Angela Covert (CAN) & Hollywood de Rase Z: 2012 Zangersheide gelding by Hoegie Van’t Bergske x Triomphe De Muze, Angela Covert: 0/0/35.21
8) Natalie Dean (USA) & Maerstro Vica vd Ark: 2012 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Lordanos x Heartbreaker, Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/4/32.52
9) Hunter Holloway (USA) & Bilobal des Chaines: 2011 Selle Francais gelding Winningmood x If De Merze, Sigma Stables LLC: 0/4/35.21
10) Jad Dana (LBN) & After Eight: 2010 Swedish Warmblood mare by Diarado x Cardento, Springhill Farm 1850, LLC: 4/0/32.88
11) Alberto Michan (ISR) & Nabal de Trivera : 2010 Warmblood gelding by Nabab De Reve, Alberto Michan: 4/0/33.79
12) Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR) & Armstrong de Moyon: 2010 Selle Francais gelding by Rock’n Roll Semilly x Calypso De Moyon, Sigma Stables LLC: 4/0/33.86
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography