São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil – August 27, 2023 – The 2023 Longines São Paulo Horse Show – The Indoor Jumping of Brazil CSI 5*-W came to an end on Sunday at Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP), culminating with the running of the R$1,000,000 FEI Jumping World Cup Qualifier of São Paulo CSI 5*-W, presented by Longines. And they saved the best for last, a prince, that is Dinozo Un Prince and the king of the week, Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto (BRA), known in the noble sport as Doda.
The only five-star FEI Jumping World Cup Qualifier in the southern hemisphere was run over two rounds, with fences set up at 1.40 to 1.60 meters and with the top 40% at the end of the first round qualifying for the second round. Once again, the brilliance of the course designing by Guilherme Jorge (BRA) was on display, setting the scene for a thriller.
Again, Guilherme Dutra Foroni (BRA), the winner of the R$ 200,000 Classic CSI 5*-W with Clueso 5 the previous night, was the pathfinder in the first round, this time with Chelsea JMen. Contrary to the two perfect rounds produced the night before, he did not get off to a perfect start, having an unlucky rail down and four penalty-points. However, perhaps the most consistent rider of the week, he would be one of the main characters in this “action movie”.
Fourteen rounds later, Pedro Paulo Cordeiro (BRA) brought the crowd almost to their feet, working his magic on Jumange du Cach, delivering the first clean performance of the contest, drawing much applause from the spectators. Their feat was only matched by four combinations in the first round: the eventual winners themselves Doda Miranda (BRA) riding Dinozo Un Prince, Lúcio Vinicius de Oliveira Osório (BRA) on Schweinsteiger, Stephan de Freitas Barcha (BRA) with Chevaux Goldfinger Império Egípcio and Gabriel Kayan Soares Magalhães (BRA) aboard Expecto do Vieux Chateau do Santo Antônio.
A total of 12 combinations qualified for the second round. Amongst them, Paulo Miranda (BRA) and Kentucky M, who had carried four penalty-points from Round 1, keeping their score the same with a flawless trip around the track to earn a respectable fourth-place finish. Another representive of the Armed Forces having four penalty-points in the first round, Thiago Rhavy de Sá e Silva (BRA) had one time-penalty added to their total, good enough for the sixth spot on the podium.
Five contestants left, five flawless flights in the first round, a chance to claim the lion`s share of the million dollar prize. Pedro Paulo Cordeiro (BRA) was the first one, but he and Jumange du Cach could not repeat their great run, this time adding 7 penalty-points to finish in the same position as their score.
Stephan Barcha (BRA) and Chevaux Goldfinger Império Egípcio left all the poles in the cups but were just a bit too slow, resulting in two time penalties. The consistent performance by the great rider would be good enough for reserve honors.
Gabriel Kayan Soares Magalhães (BRA) and Expecto do Vieux Chateau do Santo Antônio tallied 6 to their scoresheet, finishing in the same position as their score.
Only two left…..
Lúcio Vinicius de Oliveira Osório (BRA) and Schweinsteiger were the fastest amongst all finalists but their second-round time of 44.92 seconds came at the expense of two poles down, keeping them out of contention.
And they saved the best for last! To the delight of many of his fans amongst the crowd, Doda de Miranda (BRA) guided the 10-year-old bay Selle Français stallion beautifully through the course, towards the only clean scoresheet of the challenge, thus earning the victory.
Despite going first, Guilherme Dutra Foroni (BRA) and Chelsea JMen‘s improvement for a perfect second performance and a good final time of 45.73 seconds turned out decisive in the fight for bronze honors and as mentioned before, Stephan Barcha (BRA) and Chevaux Goldfinger Império Egípcio finished second.
Final Results – R$1,000,000 FEI Jumping World Cup Qualifier of São Paulo CSI 5*-W – 1.40-1.60m, presented by Longines
1) Álvaro Affonso “Doda” de Miranda Neto (BRA) & Dinozo Un Prince – 0 / 0 – 46.89
2) Stephan Barcha (BRA) & Chevaux Goldfinger Império Egípcio – 0 / 2 – 50.62
3) Guilherme Foroni (BRA) & Chelsea JMen – 0 / 4 – 45.73
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