Competing in the Global Arena at Equestrian Village at PBIEC, Chile's Samuel Parot and Atlantis were victorious in Thursday's $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 at the 2017 WEF.
Richard Jeffery (GBR) set the course for 61 entries in the WEF Challenge Cup, qualifying 22 for the jump-off, with four opting not to return. Completing the short course without fault, Parot and Atlantis clocked the fastest round in 31.94 seconds for the win.
Brazil's Pedro Muylaert finished second in 33.68 seconds riding Stenio de Silva's Prince Royal Z MFS. Laura Chapot (USA) and Mary Chapot's ISHD Dual Star placed third in 33.79 seconds, and Daniel Coyle (IRL) riding Ariel and Susan Grange's Cita finished fourth in 33.92 seconds.
"When you walked the course, you thought it was more difficult, but there were a lot clear today," Parot noted. "The horse felt very comfortable. In the jump-off, it was difficult. You had a turn to the combination that made a lot of problems."
Parot purchased Atlantis, a top ranked 14-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Andiamo Z x Royal Bravour L), just before the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Together the pair has been incredibly successful at the international grand prix level. "He is a very good horse. He won a lot of grand prixs last year," Parot stated. "He is very fast. He is always pulling, so I ride him in a hackamore at home because he is very sensitive. I work him on the flat a lot and do not jump too much at home, but he knows when he is at the show. He is brave and has a very good head. He is fast and careful. He is a really top horse."
The change in venue this week suited Parot and Atlantis, jumping in the smaller Global Arena instead of the expansive International Arena on the main WEF showgrounds. "I like competing in this arena. It is the same as indoors," Parot acknowledged. "This horse is very fast, but he is a little strong in the mouth, so for him it is very good. He turns very quickly, and he feels super in the space. I like jumping in the smaller rings too. You need a horse that is careful and has the scope and speed. This horse has everything."
1. ATLANTIS: 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Andiamo Z x Royal Bravour L
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/0/31.94
2. PRINCE ROYAL Z MFS: 2007 Zangersheide stallion by Prince de Revel x Ramiro Z
PEDRO MUYLAERT (BRA), Stenio da Silva: 0/0/33.68
3. ISHD DUAL STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare by Quick Star x Concorde
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/0/33.79
4. CITA: 2006 Holsteiner mare by Casall x Pik Ramiro
DANIEL COYLE (IRL), Ariel and Susan Grange: 0/0/33.92
5. BONZAY: 2006 KWPN by Numero Uno x Heartbreaker
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Isotropic: 0/0/36.77
6. RANDON PLEASURE: 2005 Selle Francais mare by For Pleasure x Quidam de Revel
STEPHANIE MACIEIRA (BRA), Bonne Chance Farm: 0/0/37.63
7. BENTE: 2006 KWPN mare by Oklund x Boreas
CELSO ARIANI (BRA), Fatima Morales & Rodrigo Padilla: 0/4/35.73
8. CIANA: 2007 KWPN mare by Rascin x Chin Chin
ANDREW KOCHER (USA), Eagle Valley Partners LLC: 0/4/36.75
9. CREEDANCE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Lord Z x Notaris
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), RCG Farm: 0/4/37.06
10. NKH CARUSO: 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Cash and Carry x Starlight
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING (GER), NKH LLC: 0/4/37.09
11. CONTENDERS XC: 2006 Oldenburg gelding by Concetto I x Contender
GIANNI GABRIELLE (ARG), Emanuel Andrade: 0/4/38.04
12. LUFTIKUS S: 2004 DSP gelding by Levisto Z x Kolibri
JENNIFER GATES (USA), Evergate Stables LLC: 0/4/41.41
Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc / Photo (c) Sportfot
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