Chile’s Samuel Parot continued his recent winning streak by adding the $132,200 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier at the CSI3* Royal West in Calgary to his growing list of grand prix victories.
Already with one North American League win under his belt at the Sacramento International Horse Show in September, Parot partnered again with Atlantis (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L) to deliver the fastest clear of 39.23 seconds in a three-man jump off.
Following their win in Sacramento, the successful pair also notched up a CSI4* win at the Del Mar International Horse Show before Parot and his horses made their way to Calgary. During the ten days of the Royal West, Parot on Atlantis and his two other mounts, Couscous Van Orti (Nabab de Reve x Cash) and Tailormade Anna Chacca (Chacco Blue x Andiamo), made a clean sweep of the top three places in an early speed class. Parot then won three more speed classes ahead of his win in the FEI World Cup qualifier.
“My horse is very fast, very careful, and I saw from the first rider in the jump off that it would be very easy for my horse to make the better time,” Parot said. “The course was very technical and for this, there were only three clears.”
Parot and his horses will travel from Calgary to their home base in Wellington, Florida, where the horses will have time off and a few more shows before Parot competes in the last two East Coast qualifiers in Wellington and Ocala in February.
The technical and challenging course designed by Werner Deeg (GER) kept 19 riders from faultless first rounds. But in addition to Parot, seasoned Canadian competitors Yann Candele and Jill Henselwood jumped two double-clear rounds to finish second and third, respectively, both aboard unfamiliar horses.
Candele’s runner-up result came aboard Granit S (Faust Z x Graf Grannus), a 10-year-old gelding on loan from John Anderson, the Royal West Chairman, and one whom Candele had ridden only since Monday.
“John [Anderson] tried to bring me here for quite a while, but with my schedule it was difficult and at the end, I had an opening,” Candele said. “So I took on the offer and came at the beginning of the week and had a little ride with the horse and for whatever reason, we matched because the horse is great and really trying and that’s why we’ve had a great week.”
Henselwood also rode a fairly new mount, Farfelu du Printemps (Action Breaker x Darco), in the Longines FEI World Cup qualifier after she decided that her initial choice, Quidam Blue (Quidam’s Rubin x Come On), wasn’t fully up to the task this week.
“Farfelu is a new acquisition for a 19-year-old Canadian that I train,” Henselwood said. “She’s in engineering at Queen’s [University] so she’s tucked in with a full course load, and I have Farfelu so that was good planning. I didn’t really know what to expect. He’s got some good results from his Swiss rider, up to 1.55 [meters] and I’ve ridden him now for a few weeks. I kept inching up the bar, and my responsibility is to make sure that I develop him more as a girl’s ride and to protect him. So to go to the World Cup, normally I would have done the stallion, but he was a little bit off form this week so I thought, ‘Yeah, Farfelu should try.’ And then actually, ‘I think Farfeleu’s going to win, a lot’.”
As the rails dropped through the night’s rounds, riders quickly realized the challenging course demanded precise timing and decisions at every step.
“I think the course was very technical tonight,” Henselwood said. “The jumps came up very fast. Obviously there were only three clean, but there were quite a few with four faults.”
Reporting: Esther Hahn
- Atlantis (Samuel Parot), CHI, 0 faults/39.23 seconds (JO);
- Granit S (Yann Candele), CAN, 0/41.58 (JO);
- Farfelu du Printemps (Jill Henselwood), CAN, 0/44.17 (JO);
- Worlds Judgement (Lisa Carlsen), CAN, 4/72.44;
- Terrific (John Anderson) CAN, 4/72.69;
- Tomtom (Femke Courchaine), CAN, 4/72.97;
- Roulett (Marion Ostmeyer), GER, 4/73.27;
- Nirvana de Terlong (Vanessa Mannix), CAN, 4/73.34.