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Eugenio Garza Perez wins the $36,500 Cypress Point Stables Cup

Saturday, 19 August 2017
CSI3* Langley 2017

Photo (c) Thunderbird Show Park Eugenio Garza Perez and Victer Finn DH Z en route to victory. Photo (c) Thunderbird Show Park.

It was a win for young Mexican rider Eugenio Garza Perez in the Cypress Point Stables Cup last night at Thunderbird Show Park. With a field of 60 horses it was tough competition for Perez. Course designer Peter Holmes did an outstanding job with such a big class, with ten riders returning for the jump-off.

The jump-off started with Canadian Jenn Serek first in and went clear, she held the lead as Uma O’Neill took the second to last rail down. But, veteran rider Eric Navet on Catypso was next in and showed his skill as he cut down the angles and took the lead. Jennifer Gates had a clear round on Pumped Up Kicks, but with a bit of a safer round she had a slower time that slipped her into third place. Canadian Ben Asselin was also clear in the jump-off, but was slow through the combination that put him into third bumping Gates down to fourth.

But the excitement didn’t stop there, seasoned American rider Mandy Porter on Coral Reef Follow Me II showed her experience as she laid down a beautiful track for a smooth takeover for the lead. This left Eugenio with a hard time to beat, but having the advantage of being second to last in the ring he had the time he needed to beat. And aboard Victer Finn DH Z he did just that. Taking every jump at a sharp angle and using what space there was to make some time, he caught Porter’s time.

Perez at only 21 years old has flown up the ranks in 2017. He was at Thunderbird in June supporting the Mexican team in the Nations Cup as well as competing himself. Now back again, his is first big win at Thunderbird and he now looks towards Sunday’s $100,000 CSI3* Reliable Rentals Grand Prix. 


Source: Press release from Thunderbird Show Park // Picture © Thunderbird Show Park

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