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Carlos Hank Guerreiro and H5 Porthos Maestro WH Z taste victory in $100,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix CSI3*

Sunday, 18 February 2024
CSI3* World Equestrian Center 2023

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography Carlos Hank Guerreiro and H5 Porthos Maestro Wh Z in the $100,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix CSI3*. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.


Press release from Jump Media



The rain couldn’t stop the crowds from gathering to watch athletes give it their all Saturday evening for the inaugural international grand prix of the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series, the $100,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix CSI3*. Thirty-two top athletes from nine nations took on the challenging course designed by FEI Level III course designer Colm Quinn (IRL). Among them, Carlos Hank Guerreiro of Mexico, a newcomer to World Equestrian Center – Ocala, piloted H5 Sporthorses LLC’s H5 Porthos Maestro Wh Z (Picasso Z x Ogano Sitte) to his first ever grand prix victory, making the evening a spectacular night of firsts. 

Throughout the week, Colm Quinn crafted exceptional tracks, earning praise from competitors. The evening’s jump-off boasted a perfect balance of clears, with five elite athletes from Ireland, Germany, Mexico, and Colombia vying for victory.

Pathfinder, Daniel Coyle (IRL) commended Quinn’s course-building prowess, “I have to say this week has been the best course building I have seen in a long time. We have a lot of good horses, and a lot of good riders, I thought there would be a good number of clears, but there wasn’t. It came down to good course building because there were fences down everywhere but no disasters for anyone. The designer did an incredible job with all the material in that ring. It was a super fun night, and I am very happy with my result.” 

Coyle was the first athlete to return for the tiebreaker. He piloted his new partner Incredible (Clinton x Heartbreaker), who won last week’s $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix. Coyle guided the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding to a blistering fast track in 41.00 seconds to set the pace. 

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography Daniel Coyle and Incredible jumping to second place. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

Olympian Andre Thieme (GER) followed aboard his own Cordani Ps (Balou Du Reventon x Baloubet Du Rouet), but couldn’t quite catch the time stopping the clock at 46.53 seconds. 

Carlos Hank Guerreiro was next in to try and best Coyle’s quick time. “My trainer Eduardo Menezes told me there was only five in the jump-off so I might as well go for it. We wanted to test the horse a little bit. He’s still green, and this was his first real big jump-off. Daniel had a pretty quick time, so we just wanted to give it a try. I knew there was one less from one to two, and I got there easy enough. My horse is very fast naturally, you just let him go and he is just eager to canter forward.” 

With a time of 40.66 seconds, Hank Guerreiro and 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding H5 Porthos Maestro Wh Z snagged the win and ultimately galloped away with the winning title. 

“He’s an amazing horse,” Hank Guerreiro said. “I got him as a seven-year-old who was quite green. He was produced by a very young rider from Belgium that took him to the Children’s European Championships then to the Belgium National Championships at 1.45m height. We saw him there and purchased him shortly after.”

“From then on, he’s just done everything and more that we’ve asked of him. We stepped up to this level last year and he’s had a few good placings, but never in the podium and never a win, so I couldn’t be happier with him. He did everything and more out there tonight.” 

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography Carlos Hank Guerreiro and H5 Porthos Maestro WH Z accepting their first place awards presented by Coca-Cola Beverages Florida’s David Follos Sales Account Manager; Gary Bates, District Manager; Carlington Williams, Logistics Manager; John Horner, Territory General Manager and Jim Wolf of World Equestrian Center. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

World Equestrian Center – Ocala marks as a new destination for Hank Guerreiro, “I was shocked coming through the gates the first day. I have heard a lot of good things. I mean everybody that came to show the past few years, came back to Wellington and told me how amazing it was. I never got a chance to see it myself, but this year we decided to come here and give it a try. It did not disappoint one bit,” he added. “I think there’s nothing that compares to it in the world. Everything is top class; the hotel, rings, dining, everything you could think of and more in a horse show. I was really happily surprised and could have asked for a better way to start my time showing at WEC.” 

The young Irishman Tom Wachman was last to go and coming off a fresh victory from Thursday’s $35,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix Qualifier CSI3*. He piloted Coolmore Showjumping’s 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding Berlux Z (Berlin x Major De La Cour) to a speedy jump-off in 43.67 seconds to round out the top three. 

John Horner, Territory General Manager at Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, expressed his pride in their sponsorship with World Equestrian Center – Ocala (WEC) and addressed Saturday evening’s class, “It’s been a longstanding partnership from the beginning, and we are proud to support not only the Ocala community but also the athletes who perform for us. It’s truly overwhelming to be a part of this. We value the partnership and extend our congratulations to all competitors on a fantastic night of competition.”


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