Ocala, Florida, USA – June 30, 2022 – FEI CSI 3* competition resumed last week at World Equestrian Center – Ocala with the $37,000 Speed Challenge CSI 3*. Internationally acclaimed course designer, Alan Wade (IRL) crafted the speed track that saw an even dozen gallop home fault-free. Olympian Santiago Lambre (BRA) saved the best for last as the final entry down the ramp and captured the win aboard his own Pampero, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-blue x Nekton).
Lambre was the last contender to try for the victory over Wade’s challenging track, “I was lucky to be the last one to go. With my first horse [All In Horses Cava], I was too quick, so I tried to reorganize.”
“I watched the current leader, Richard Spooner’s (USA) round and made my plan. I tried to do the same track as Richard. I did one less in the line by the hotel after I saw Kristen Vanderveen (USA) do it with both of her horses. Pampero is a pretty big horse, so he was able to get down in the five easily.”
Lambre and Pampero soared over the final FEI oxer in 60.67 seconds for the victory.
Lambre hopes to show Pampero later this week, “I will do the Welcome Prix tomorrow evening and if we are able to ride two in the Grand Prix, he will hopefully show then too.”
Richard Spooner (USA) was the eighth entry down the ramp into the WEC Grand Arena aboard his own Quirado RC, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Quinar x San Patrignano Corrado). The pair totaled a time of 62.58 seconds which put them less than two seconds behind Lambre and Pampero.
Third place was claimed by Portugual’s Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) and Sigma Stables LLC’s 13-year-old Selle Francais mare Vicky du Croisy (Lord Carthago x Vondeen) after navigating a speedy clean performance in 63.90 seconds.
Final Results: $37,000 1.45m Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Santiago Lambre (BRA) & Pampero: 2010 Oldenburg Gelding by Chacco-blue x Nekton, Santiago Lambre: 0/60.67
2) Richard Spooner (USA) & Quirado RC: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Quinar Z x San Patrignano Corrado, Richard Spooner: 0/62.58
3) Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) & Vick du Croisy: 2009 Selle Francais mare by Lord Carthago x Vondeen, Sigma Stables LLC: 0/63.90
4) Natalie Dean (USA) & Maestro Vica v/d Ark: 2012 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Lordanos x Heartbreaker
, Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/65.62
5) Evan M. Coluccio (USA) & Egalini: 2009 AES gelding by Cheers Cassini x Jalisco B, Hampton Green Farm LLC: 0/65.94
6) Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR) & Amstron de Moyon: 2010 Selle Francais gelding by Rock’n Roll Semilly x Calypso De Moyon, Sigma Stables LLC: 0/66.51
7) Alexandra Pielet (USA) & Hyperbolics: 2012 KWPN gelding by Berlin x Tlaloc M, Co-Pielet, LLC: 0/66.69
8) Aaron Vale (USA) & Obi Wan: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Centadel x Continue, Thinkslikeahorse: 0/66.85
9) Angela Covert (CAN) & Hollywood de Rase Z: 2012 Zangersheide gelding by Hoegie Van’t Bergske x Triomphe De Muze, Angela Covert: 0/67.29
10) Pheobe Lang (USA) & DSP Cool Hill: 2010 Westphalian gelding by Corlensky G x Al Cantino, Zeitgeist Equestrian: 0/72.01
11) Richard Neal (USA) & Catemaco LS: 2011 Selle Francais gelding by Carusso LS x Carthago Z, Richard Neal (USA), Richard Neal: 0/72.50
12) Kerry McCahill (USA) & Vladimir Old: 2013 Oldenburg gelding by Van Gogh x San Patrignano Corrado, Kerry Anne LLC: 0/76.92
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography