Wellington, FL- It was an emotional win for Chile's Samuel Parot in Friday's $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m CSI 5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival, as the rider was competing his mount Couscous van Orti for the final time.
Parot found Couscous van Orti from Belgium's Pieter Devos in 2015 and rode the gelding at the Pan American Games in Toronto that year. The pair has since earned numerous victories and had a very successful partnership. The horse will now compete under the flag of El Salvador with rider Juan Manuel Bolanos.
Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the speed track for 35 starters in Friday's five-star 1.45m competition, yielding ten clear rounds. Last to go, Parot and the 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Nabab de Reve x Cash) raced to victory in 60.48 seconds.
Darragh Kenny (IRL) finished second in 62.24 seconds riding Kerry Anne LLC's Chanel. Eric Lamaze (CAN) guided Torrey Pines Stable's Thalis de la Roque to third place in 63.25 seconds, and Richie Moloney (IRL) placed fourth aboard Equinimity LLC's Slieveanorra in 64.19 seconds.
"Today is the last show and the last class we will jump together because he is sold, so it is a nice goodbye," Parot said of his mount. "I am very happy to win with him one final time.
"I was lucky to go last, so I watched a lot of riders," Parot continued. "The course was fast and very careful. In the beginning, I went a little bit slower, but on the last part of the course I went very fast. I think where I won it was the last line. I galloped down and left out a stride to the last jump, and he did it easily."
Week eleven of the Winter Equestrian Festival continues in the International Arena on Saturday featuring the $130,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final at 6:30 p.m. and the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. The Engel & VölkersLarge Junior Hunters 15 & Under will determine championship and reserve honors in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.
Final Results: $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m CSI 5*
1. COUSCOUS VAN ORTI: 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nabab de Reve x Cash SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/60.48
2. CHANEL: 2008 Oldenburg mare by Challan x Lordanos DARRAGH KENNY (IRL). Kerry Anne LLC: 0/62.24
3. THALIS DE LA ROQUE: 2007 Selle Francais mare by Kannan x Quand Viens Tu ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Torrey Pines Stable: 0/63.25
4. SLIEVEANORRA: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Voltaire x Flagmount Diamond RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/64.19
5. CON TOUCH S: 2006 Westphalian mare by Con Cento x Capitol I LAURA KRAUT (USA), Julius Peter Sinack: 0/67.52
6. ERES TU: 2009 Argentine gelding LUIS PEDRO BIRABEN (ARG), Claudia Pedrozo & Luis Pedro Biraben: 0/67.59
7. INDRA VAN DE OUDE HEIHOEF: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-Breaker SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), The Blue Buckle Group: 0/67.63 8. CHEMAS: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Clearway x Carthago VANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/70.66 9. DAKAR VDL: 2008 KWPN gelding by Cardento x Marlon TINA YATES (USA), HKC Collection LLC: 0/74.98
10. KINO: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Lord Z x Chambertin 3 KAREN POLLE (JPN), Karen Polle: 0/77.51
11. TNT EXPLOSIVE: 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Tinka's Boy x Calypso II CHLOE REID (USA), Live Oak Plantation LLC: 1/78.16
12. DAISY: 2008 KWPN mare by Excenel V x Timeless MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 1/78.19