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Fabio Leivas Da Costa and Randon Pleasure can’t be caught in $37,000 Griffis Residential

Saturday, 07 March 2020
CSI2* Winter Equestrian Festival 2020

Photo © Sportfot. Fabio Leivas da Costa and Randon Pleasure. Photo © Sportfot.


Press release from Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. written by Summer Grace and Sabrina Brashares



Following the morning’s five-star Bainbridge 1.45m competition, the second victory of the day went to Brazil’s Fabio Leivas Da Costa in the $37,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m class. Da Costa was part of a starting line up of 73 horse-and-rider combinations set to contest Alan Wade’s next course. Seven teams were kept from the jump-off with a single time fault while another 16 suffered the fault of a single rail.

Out of the field, only 13 pairs managed to clear the timers fault free to return for the second phase; that number became 12 when Eugenio Garza Perez withdrew from the jump-off field. Athletes from both Ireland and Venezuela were at the top of the leaderboard but it was Da Costa and Bonne Chance Farm’s 15-year-old Selle Francais mare (For Pleasure x Quidam de Revel) that raced through the timers in unbeatable speed.

“She is a small horse but has a huge heart,” explained Da Costa. “When she is able to go clear, she’s hard to beat because she’s so fast. She is a fighter.”

Da Costa says the key to keeping the mare at her best is an uncomplicated home routine. “When we are not at the show, we keep it simple,” he detailed. “She mostly does trotting and good flatwork but we save her jumps because she already knows the job.”

Photo © Sportfot. Fabio Leivas da Costa and family, with Ian, Susan, and Haley Griffis and Ringmaster Steve Rector. Photo © Sportfot.

Da Costa added that he plans to compete with Randon Pleasure in the $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix on Sunday.

Clearing the timers just shy of Da Costa’s 37.82 seconds, Mark Kinsella(IRL) piloted Stern Dei Folletti  to the reserve honors. He and Morning Star Sporthorses LLC’s nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Toulon x Caspar) wrapped up their return efforts in a time of 38.51 seconds. Luis Larrazabal(VEN) and San Francisco Stables LLC’s 10-year-old warmblood mare (Caristo Z x Indorada),Caristina, rounded out the top three with a time of 39.60.



Final Results: $37,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m

1 RANDON PLEASURE: 2005 Selle Francais mare by For Pleasure x Quidam de Revel
FABIO LEIVAS DA COSTA (BRA), Bonne Chance Farm: 0/37.82

2 STERN DEI FOLLETTI: 2011 Holsteiner gelding by Toulon x Caspar
MARK KINSELLA (IRL), Morning Star Sporthorses LLC: 0/38.51

3 CARISTINA: 2010 Chillian Warmblood mare by Caristo Z x Indorada
LUIS LARRAZABAL(VEN), San Francisco Stables LLC: 0/39.60

4 LIMBRIDGE: 2009 Holsteiner stallion by Limbus x Cambridge
DARRAGH KERINS(IRL), Eve Jobs: 0/40.75

5 CAROLA BH: 2007 KWPN mare by Dutch Capitol x Goodtimes
SOPHIE GOCHMAN (USA), Gochman Sport Horses, LLC: 0/44.80

6 CHUCK BERRY 8: 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Chacco Blue x Watzmann
OLIVIA CHOWDRY (USA), Atlas Equine Holdings LLC: 4/37.45

7 VALENTINO V Z: 2009 Zangersheide stallion by Verdi x Converter
MARIA COSTA (USA), Ravello Farms, LLC: 4/40.44

8 CARRASCA Z: 2010 Zangersheide stallion by Asca Z x Carraleena
TAYLOR FLURY(USA), Aliboo Farm, Inc.: 4/41.11

9 CARJO Z: 2008 Zangersheide gelding by Calvinos x Chellano Z
HECTOR FLORENTINO (DOM), Scott Head: 4/41.12

10 MAGNUS ORFEO: 2005 Silla Argentino gelding by Magnus Orestus x Carjdor Z
MARY MANFREDI (USA), Mary Manfredi: 4/41.74

11 CANDY GIRL: 2011 Hanoverian mare by Chap1 x Clair
JENNA THOMPSON(CAN), Attache Stables: 12/42.99

12 BALZAN ADELHEID Z: 2010 Zangersheide mare by Baloubet Du Rouet x Chalita Adelheid Z
JUAN MANUEL GALLEGO(COL), Andres Muller: 12/48.83

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