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Hat trick for Santiago Lambre in Amalaya Investments Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* at GLEF

Monday, 31 July 2017
CSI2* Great Lake Equestrian Festival/Williamsburg 2017

Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography. Santiago Lambre and Doloris. Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography.

For the second week in a row, Mexico's national anthem rang throughout the Flintfields Horse Park on Sunday as Santiago Lambre took home his third consecutive FEI win in the Amalaya Investments $50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* on Doloris (Harley VDL x Colorado D) to conclude Week Four of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF).

Twenty-seven international show jumping athletes came forward to challenge the Bernardo Cabral-designed first round course, but only six would jump fault-free to advance to the jump-off. Michael Morrissey (USA) was the early clear pathfinder in the jump-off as second to go aboard QBS Equestrian LLC's Chance STE Hermelle (Calvaro x Hemmingway). The pair finished with 0 faults to their name in 38.97 seconds.

Theo Genn (USA) followed two trips later to produce another double-clear effort with Dirocco Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL x Quat'Sous), owned by Eduardo Leon. They crossed the finish line in 43.45 seconds, which would be good enough for third place.

Lambre entered through the archway of the Grand Prix Ring as the final challenger in the tie-breaking round, knowing he had to be fast and clear to beat Morrissey. He blazed around the shortened course with the 9-year-old KWPN mare, clocking in just ahead of Morrissey in 38.55 seconds to defend his grand prix title and secure his third GLEF win, while Morrissey would take home second place honors.

Lambre, who has a total of six horses competing throughout the GLEF circuit, also won Friday's $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* with Doloris as well as the North Face Farm $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI2* with Dingeman during Week Three.

Meagan Nusz (USA) finished in fourth place behind Genn as the fastest of the 4-faulters with Waomi (Lupicor x Boreas), owned by Amalaya Investments, in 38.23 seconds.

On winning his third consecutive FEI competition at GLEF: "I never expected three wins in a row. The mare is unbelievably careful and when you're in the ring you never have to worry about having a rail down. I'm very happy with her."

On his jump-off round and string of horses: "Before the last fence, I was thinking I was too slow to beat Michael [Morrissey], but I was really tight to the last jump. My three horses are 9 years old and I believe by next year I'll have them ready to compete at the 4* and 5* level."

On his plan for Doloris: "I would like to win every class but I think I am already lucky to win three. [Doloris] will have another week off and then compete again during the last week here - the 3*."

Source: Press release from Phelps Media Group / Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography.

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