CSI 2*

Pessoa Power! Rodrigo & Chili Chase Down the Gold in $77,300 The Estates at TerraNova Grand Prix CSI 2*

Myakka City, Sarasota, Florida, USA – March 18, 2023 – The $77,300 The Estates at TerraNova Grand Prix CSI 2* crowned Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and the 11-year-old Westphalian mare Chili (Consolidator x Belotte De La Vie Z/Berlin) as the winners during the TerraNova Hunter/Jumper Week 3 competition weekend.

Forty-five horse-and-rider combinations contested Mauricio Garcia’s (PUR) FEI 2* course of 16 jumping efforts. The track included a triple bar oxer to a double combination, a triple combination and several maximum-height and width oxers.

“We have a lot of young horses here [or] horses that need a little bit more time in the ring doing this height, so riders do a 2* to do this,” Garcia shared about his course designing process.

Garcia set the distance between the liverpool at fence seven and the following oxer on a forward seven strides, or if the horse was backed off by the liverpool, a shorter eight strides. After that line, the riders had the opportunity to follow an inside turn to the triple bar, the hardest line on the course. The triple bar was set at 1.47m tall and 1.80m wide followed by four strides to the in-and-out in front of the VIP Pavilion.

Pessoa and Chili were third in the order of go and the first pair to jump clear in 80.07 seconds. With that, the original time allowed of 78 seconds was adjusted to 85 seconds. Fourteen combinations jumped double clear to head into the jump-off, with four riders having two horses in the short course.

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & Chili

As the first in the ring for the short course, Pessoa didn’t have the advantage of knowing how the eight-fence course would ride. He jumped the oxer at fence one on an open stride and galloped Chili forward for nine strides to jump the black and white vertical in front of the VIP Pavilion crowd. Taking the inside turn between fences two and three, he jumped the purple and red striped oxer at an angle and rolled around to the left to the yellow flower in-and-out on the rail. 

“She was drawn very early and going first [out of 14] was tough,” Pessoa said. “I had a good plan, and I thought that if I could execute it well and everything showed up like I wanted, she would be close because she’s very quick and very competitive. It worked out. It’s unusual that you can win a class [of 14] being first, but she was very good. She jumped incredible today.

“It’s really great to be able to show in different locations here in Florida,” Pessoa said. “It’s my first time here. I had heard a lot of very good things about it and I’m really pleased to have made the trip to TerraNova. The location is great and everybody is very nice. It’s really a magnificent facility. It has a great future.”

Mark Bluman (COL) & Justinov BB

Mark Bluman (COL) and Justinov BB (Bustique x Brasil BB/Ustinov) were last to go in the jump-off and came within .07 seconds of Pessoa’s time, crossing the timers at 39.72 seconds to end in second place.

Daniel Bluman (NED) & Colestina H

Daniel Bluman (ISR), winner of yesterday’s $10,000 FEI 1.40m Welcome Speed class aboard Cachemire de Braize, rounded out the podium in third with a jump-off round of 40.51 seconds with his other mount Colestina H (Colestus x Caluna/Cardenio 2).

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $77,300 The Estates at TerraNova Grand Prix CSI 2*

1) Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & Chili – 0 / 0 – 39.65

2) Mark Bluman (COL) & Justinov BB – 0 / 0 – 39.72

2) Daniel Bluman (NED) & Colestina H – 0 / 0 – 40.51

Source: Press Release from TerraNova Equestrian Center

Photos: © TerraNova Equestrian Center/ EQ Media / Jessica Buehler Photography