WELLINGTON, Fla.--Mexico’s Santiago Lambre on Casey won the CHF50,000 ($54,134) CSI4* WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on Feb. 2.
Riders representing11 different nationalities competed over Anderson Lima’s first round course on the derby field in the Challenge Cup..
From a starting field of 51, 13 were clean, with Lambre last to go.
Lambre was one of eight entries clean in the jump-off but shaved mere milliseconds off the previous leading time to win.
On his recently acquired 13-year-old Hanoverian mare Casey, Lambre beat previous leader Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain with a time of 36.60 seconds.
“THIS HORSE is quite new for me, I've only had her for eight months,” Lambre said. “I jumped her on the grass two weeks ago for the first time, and she did very good, so I felt she was ready for this week.”
“She originally was competing in Mexico with my brother before she got sent to me last year,” he said. “I know the mare, and she just needs some miles but she has proved that she is a fast horse and I think she is ready for the five-star next week.”
Derbyshire was second on Cornwall BH, finishing clean in 36.91 seconds, and Ashlee Bond of Israel on Garfield was third.
Ireland's Tom Wachman on I'm Here won the CHF6,000 ($6,496) CSI2* 1.45m speed class over 13 starters, eight of which were clean.
Wachman on the 10-year-old KWPN mare was clean in 60.65 seconds.
“She is new to me as I only started with her at the beginning of WEF,”saidd Wachman. “In her last four classes, she won three and was second in one so she’s been quite successful. She has a very big stride so I tried to use that to my advantage today and leave out strides in a few places.”
Long-time show jumping professional Laura Chapot was second, just over a second off Wachman’s time after landing in 61.85 seconds on Diarado’s Flying Dutchman.
Caelinn Leahy was third on Halo.