Lucy Deslauriers looked to be on her way to a second win in the FEI Assante Open Jumper event tonight with Hester. However, Colombian rider Daniel Bluman stole the victory by a few tenths of a second with Conconcreto Believe, a nine-year old KWPN mare.
The initial course, designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA) was comprised of 12 obstacles for 15 efforts: with its three double combinations and long lines, only eleven horse-rider pairs made it to the jump-off, including yesterday's highlight event winner, Lucy Deslauriers (USA) and Hester.
Jill Henselwood (CAN) and Quidam Blue, the third pair in the jump-off, posted the first clear round, marking the time to beat at 40.81 seconds. Young Deslauriers (USA took over the lead two rounds later with Hester in a time of 39.68 seconds. However, Bluman, with Conconcreto Believe scored the victory, beating Deslauriers by 0.31 seconds in a clear jump-off round, mastering the course in this Assante qualifier event.
Results - FEI Assante 1m50
1. Daniel Bluman (COL) / Conconcreto Believe 0-0, 39.37
2. Lucy Deslauriers (USA) / Hester 0-0, 39.68
3. Jill Henselwood (CAN) / Quidam Blue 0-0, 40.81
4. Katherine A.Dinan (USA) / Bijou de Balou 0-0, 41.59
5. Melissandre Lincourt (CAN) / Just Stella L 0-0, 43.26
6. Elizabeth Gingras (CAN) / Zilverspring 0-4, 41.23
7. Mario Deslauriers (USA) / Scout de la Cense 0-4, 43.78
8. Susan Horn (CAN) / Balintore 0-4, 45.02
Source: Press release from Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.
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