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Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Catch Me Imperio Ecipcio capture 5* win

Saturday, 30 March 2019
Winter Equestrian Festival 2019 – Week 12

Photo © Sportfot Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Catch Me Imperio Ecipcio. Photo © Sportfot


Press release from Equestrian Sport Productions written by Summer Grace for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.



Out of the 50 entries that contested Guilherme Jorge’s speed course in the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5*, 15 were able to go clear and put the pedal to the medal to find the quickest round. Of those 15, the fastest was Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA), who rode Catch Me Imperio Egipcio (Contagio x Werther) for owner Daniel Aguiar Morelli to the win. They posted a time of 62.20 seconds, more than two seconds faster than the next competitor.

Second place went to Catherine Tyree (USA) riding Mary Tyree’s BEC Lorenzo (Livello x Guidam) in a time of 64.24 seconds. Margie Engle (USA) and Dicas (Diarado x Cassini I), owned by Stome Ridge Show Horses, Garber & Gladewinds, placed third in 64.33 seconds. Wednesday’s five-star winners, Lucas Porter (USA) and Sleepy P Ranch’s Diamonte Darco (Unbelievable Darco x Unknown), were fourth in 65.43 seconds, while Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) and his own Dazermie (Asemie x Hamlet) were fifth.

Musa, who is based in Belgium when he’s not in Wellington, and “Catch Me” went 17th in the order and after watching combinations at the start of the class, Musa made a plan for his ride.

“I tried to do less strides and turn quicker. In the middle of the course, all horses had to do the same strides. I think I was faster at the start of the course,” he said.

Musa has been riding Catch Me, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, for one year. While she is usually his top horse to compete in grand prix classes, his new horse has stepped up to compete in Saturday’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix while she got to do “the fun class” on Friday.

“Now she has a little bit more experience,” he said of the mare he found in Germany that was ridden by Holger Wulschner. “She’s 11 years old now and a good, good horse. She’s very, very easy and she has top technique. She’s a pleasure to ride.”

Musa won four FEI ranking classes at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival, including one five-star class, but this is his first win in 2019.

“I win classes in two-star and three-star, and it’s good, but to win in the five-star is much better!” he said with a smile. “There are many, many top riders in this class, and it’s great to win.”

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