It was an exciting week of International competition at the Del Mar International Horse Show, which concluded with the Charity Woof Cup Presented by The San Diego Union – Tribune and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar tonight. Enrique Gonzalez and Chacna were victorious in the field of 28 after a challenging course designed by elite course designer Frank Rothenberger of Germany.
“We are very happy to welcome Frank in Southern California,” said second place finisher Eric Navet. “Having the best course designers at the shows helps make the sport better.”
The course contained 12 obstacles with 15 efforts, including the Longines triple combination across the diagonal and a triple bar at fence 8 to a one stride, 9AB, on the rail. The line to 9AB proved to be a tricky length, with riders having to decipher between a longer four or a collected five strides.
Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes and Catalina entered the ring 15th in the order to execute a beautiful round to become the first clean pair, and the first pair to put five strides into the line to the combination! World-renowned French rider Eric Navet and Catypso followed Menezes’ clean round two rides later to challenge he and Catalina in a jump off.
Menezes’ business partner, Enrique Gonzalez, and Chacna went 25th in the order to put up the third and final clear first round score to head into the jump off.
An unfortunate 8 faults for Menezes and Catalina in the jump off allowed Navet and Gonzalez the opportunity to take the lead with zero fault scores. Navet and Catypso did just that, with a clean jump off in a time of 43.15. Last to go, Gonzalez knew he had to keep a tight track to beat Navet’s time and had no room for error on jump faults. Gonzalez and Chacna marched into the arena and performed flawlessly, with a clean jump off in an astounding time of 40.93 to take the lead from Navet!
“Having Eric and my partner ahead of me was tough,” said Gonzalez. “Eric is one of the best riders in the world, and Eduardo is on his way to being one. It is not easy to think of beating them. Once I watched Eric go in the jump off, I thought there was a chance if I took a stride out in the first line and it worked out.”
It definitely worked out for him, obtaining one of his biggest victories tonight here at the Del Mar International Horse Show.
Enrique Gonzalez accepts his Longines watch from Longines Representative Kristina Havelos
Photo by McCool Photography for West Palms Events
“We are so happy for Enrique, Eric and Eduardo on their placings tonight,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “It was an exciting line up and an incredible jump off. The crowd enjoyed every moment!”
West Palms Event Management
October 22, 2016 | Full press release available here