CSI 3*

Samuel Parot Powers Past the Competition in the $37,000 Hippo Data Speed Classic CSI 3*

Traverse City, Michigan, USA – August 11, 2022 – It’s not often that the fourth horse in a 44-horse class holds the lead the whole way through, but it was Samuel Parot’s (CHI) day to do just that during the final week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. Fourth in the ring on Koblenz van de Vinusakker in the $37,000 Hippo Data Speed Classic CSI 3*, Parot sped to a time of 55.06 seconds and held the lead through all remaining combinations to test the track during the opening class of the week.

Over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course, Parot set the time to beat on his first of three rides by speeding around the rollback turns and taking efficient paths down the lines, ultimately securing a time of 55.06 seconds. “The first horse I won on, I turned very quickly,” he said of his strategy. “I turned very fast to number six and number nine; I think I won there. He’s very fast. I like a horse with a lot of blood.”

Margie Engle (USA) & Royce

Margie Engle (USA) and the Gladewinds Partners, LLC-owned Royce went in immediately following Parot and his first mount, and scored themselves a podium finish in 55.55 seconds.

Mattias Tromp (USA) & Infuria P&P

Coming in just a few from the end and finding a spot just between Parot and Engle was Mattias Tromp (USA) and Infuria P&P for owner Beyaert Farm Inc, finishing in 55.27 seconds. Tromp ultimately finished all three of his mounts in the top ten.

Wednesday’s win marks the second FEI win for Koblenz van de Vinusakker, the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Toulon x Leader M). In its second year under Parot’s guidance, the horse has taken two top victories and several other high placings up to the CSI 5* level, jumping along the Major League Show Jumping tour in Mexico.

Samuel Parot (CHI) & Koblenz van de Vinusakker during the awards ceremony

“The first time I came [to Traverse City] was early on,” Parot said of his trip to Traverse City Spring. “I love it here; it’s a really fantastic place with the lake and the atmosphere. Congratulations [to the Morrisseys] because the show is really big and they’ve done a good job.”

Parot plans to jump his two other mounts in the $37,000 Downtown Traverse City Welcome Stake CSI 3* Thursday, then aim Koblenz van de Vinusakker for the $138,600 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 3* Saturday, before a two-week break. His team will stay in Traverse City for the fall, featuring the American Gold Cup CSI 5*, before Parot heads to South America for the South American Games in October.

With her top finish, Margie Engle reclaimed her lead in the CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus standings.

Final Results – $37,000 Hippo Data Speed Classic CSI 3*

1) Samuel Parot (CHI) & Koblenz van de Vinusakker: 2010 BWP gelding by Toulon x Leader M, Samuel Parot – 0 – 55.06

2) Mattias Tromp (USA) & Infuria P&P: 2013 KWPN mare by Cascadello x President, Beyaert Farm Inc – 0 – 55.27

3) Margie Engle (USA) & Royce: 2004 OS stallion by Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot, Gladewinds Partners, LLC – 0 – 55.55

4) Nick Dello Joio (USA) & Lamborghini: 2010 OLDBG gelding by Lord Pezi x Grannus, Caroline Mawhinney – 0 – 55.67

5) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Blue Movie: 2006 AES mare by Chacco Blue x Pilot, Rowan Willis – 0 – 56.21

6) Francisco Goyoaga Mollet (ESP) & Icarus: 2008 BWP stallion by Douglas x Sioux de Baugy, Strasburg Moring Inc. – 0 – 56.80

7) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Namaste van het Eyckeveld: 2013 BWP gelding by Elvis Ter Putte x Coriall, Sweet Oak Farm: 0/56.90

8) Filip de Wandel (BEL) & Manhattan van’T Leeuwerikenhof: 2012 BWP gelding by Emerald x Kashmir Van Schuttershof, Five Way Farm LLC: 0/57.29

9) Mattias Tromp (USA) & Ilon: 2013 KWPN gelding by Toulon x Indoctro, Beyaert Farm Inc – 0 – 57.67

10) Mattias Tromp (USA) & Noemi vh Witenshof: 2013 BWP mare by Castelino vd Helle x Quidam de Revel, Beyaert Farm Inc – 0 – 59.14

11) David O’Brien (IRL) & El Balou OLD: 2012 OS stallion x Eldorado vd Zeshoek x Balou du Rouet, Chansonette Farm LLC – 0 – 60.37

12) Olivia Cliver (USA) & Connor 69: 2013 HOLST gelding by Connor x Contender, On The Mark Equestrian LLC – 0 – 60.64

Source: Press Release by Traverse City Horse Shows

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography