Mexico Defends Home Soil in 1.60 Longines Grand Prix

Mexico Defends Home Soil in 1.60 Longines Grand Prix
The 1.60M Longines Grand Prix commenced today in Xalapa, Mexico at Club Hìpico Coapexpan, where a field of 24 horse and rider combinations contested the course. The victory was a Mexican trifecta as the top three podium finishers were all home athletes.

The track proved difficult and only two riders were clear to move on to the jump-off. The victory belonged to Lorenza O'Farrill and 11-year-old Oldenburg mare Calvira (Calvaro/Colander). They crossed the timers at 46.26 seconds, and were the only pair in the field to put together a double clear round.

Andres Azcarraga and 12-year-old stallion Contendros 2 (Contendro I/Drosselklang II) took second position with a final time of 44.84 seconds after they claimed two rails in the latter half of the jump-off.

Gerardo Pasquel Mendez and 13-year-old stallion Mighty Mouse (Quartz Adelheid Z/Codexco) followed in third with one penalty on the clock which kept them out of jump-off contention.

Relive the Longines Grand Prix action here: [jaw_y_video clip_id="" height="480" autohide="2" autoplay="0" loop="0" rel="1" ][jaw_clear]

Saturday will see the Copa Conade Big Tour and the Final 7YO Horses before the much anticipated Longines FEI Nations Cup of Mexico on Sunday.