Source: Jennifer Wood Media for Spruce Meadows
Photos ©Henry Recinos for NoelleFloyd.com
Friday’s international competition in the Meadows on the Green got underway with the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m and a win for Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes and Carushka 2. The competition saw 53 entries, with 15 advancing to the jump-off and six double clear rounds. Menezes and Carushka 2 were second to go and completed a fast, clear round in 37.28 seconds that would prove unbeatable.
Brianne Goutal (USA) and Remarkable Farms’ Ballade van het Indihof jumped into second place in 37.61 seconds. Thursday’s winners, Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Emanuel Andrade’s Fananka A had another great day, finishing third with their time of 37.91 seconds.
Carushka 2 is an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare (Caspar x Continue) that Menezes has owned for three years.
“She is a winning machine,” the rider described. “She always goes clean and she is super fast, so she is a really fun horse to have for these 1.45m and 1.50m competitions. She is super careful; she jumps clean in 90% of her competitions, so she is a great horse.”
Detailing his jump-off round, Menezes stated, “We know already here at Spruce Meadows that all jump-offs are super fast. They are even faster when you have 15 plus riders in the jump-off, so my plan was to go as fast as possible. I know that I can count on her to go clean, so I was just trying to focus on my job and fortunately everything worked fine for us.”
“We are always pleased to come here,” Menezes added. “I have been coming here now for 15 years and we love it. The sport is always great and we are happy to be here.”
Menezes will jump one more 1.45m competition on Saturday and then heads to Toronto, where he will represent Brazil at the Pan American Games with his top horse, Quintol.
Competition continues at the ‘Pan American’ Tournament on Saturday featuring the $34,000 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.50m as well as another $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m.
Final Results: $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m
1. $8,500 CARUSHKA 2 Oldenburg / M / 11 Caspar x Continue
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA) CARLSBAD, CA Eduardo Menezes: 0/0/37.28
2. $6,800 BALLADE VAN HET INDIHOF Belgian Warmblood / M / 14 Thunder Van De Zoothoer x Heartbreaker
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA) NEW YORK, NY Remarkable Farms LP: 0/0/37.61
3. $5,100 FANANKA A Belgian Warmblood / M / 10 Chin Chin x Kannan
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN) WELLINGTON, FL Emanuel Andrade: 0/0/37.91
4. $3,400 LUCIFER V Westphalian / G / 9 Lord Pezi x Grandeur
JACK HARDIN TOWELL JR. (USA) CAMDEN, SC Jennifer Gates: 0/0/38.13
5. $2,380 SALAMERA DE LA NUTRIA Warmblood / M / 9 Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire
LUIS ALEJANDRO PLACENSIA (MEX) LEON Salvador Onate: 0/0/39.41
6. $1,870 JORDAN II Warmblood / G / 10 Air Jordan x Voltaire
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA) Pessoa Stables LLC: 0/0/42.63
7. $1,360 FIFTY FIFTY 111 Belgian Warmblood / M / 10 Action Breaker x Major de la Cour
ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN) WELLINGTON, FL Arao Enterprises LLC: 0/4/36.70
8. $1,020 BAGNI DI LUCCA Belgian Sport Horse / G / 14 Clinton x Gibramino
JORGE CANEDO (MEX) MEXICO CITY Mario Onate: 0/4/39.34
9. $1,020 ZERNIKE K Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Sam R 60 x Topas
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA) NEW YORK, NY Remarkable Farms LP: 0/4/39.42
10. $850 AZIBANTOS Warmblood / G / 10 Unknown x Unknown
MCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY Group C LLC: 0/4/39.54
11. $850 BALOUS DAY DATE Warmblood / M / 10 Balou de Rouet x Domino
MOLLY ASHE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Louisburg Farm: 0/4/40.22
12. $850 DUTCH AMOURETTA Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Dutch Capitol x Wellington
BRENDA RIDDELL (CAN) CALGARY, AB Silverstar Farms: 0/4/43.62
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