Dashing victory for Ladriano Z in $391,000 CSI5* GP Wellington

Week nine of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington has passed and again Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z took the top spot, this time in the closing main class. After their victory in the seventh week, the duo now rode to the win in the $391,000 CSI5* Grand Prix.

Out of 39 entries in the GP’s opening round, only 5 managed to keep the zero on the scoreboard and completed the course of Irish course designer Alan Wade without any problems. Ladriano Z, bred by Paul Schockemöhle and now owned by Over the Top Stables LLC, was the last to go in the jump-off. With fast turns and a huge stride, he crossed the finish in 37.41 seconds, which was almost 0.2 seconds faster than Karen Polle who became second and 0.3 seconds faster than number 3 Beezie Madden. Everyone in the jump-off finished within 37 seconds, which made it even more exciting.

"Ladriano Z felt phenomenal today," describes Daniel Bluman who normally wouldn’t show Ladriano Z at this week’s competition in Wellington. "I planned to go to a show in Mexico, but I found out about quarantine restrictions to travel to Europe after Mexico. That's why I decided not to go to Mexico, but to jump another five-star week with Ladriano Z.” Which was a very good choice. "I had a plan in my head and after seeing several competitors, I knew that if I gave Ladriano Z the right chance, we would have a chance of winning and it turned out to be so. I'm delighted!”

Eugenio Garza Perez and Victer Finn DH Z (Va-Vite x Stakkato) didn’t make a jumping fault in the first round as well, but they got a time fault and finished in sixth place.

Petronella Andersson, lady rider for Stephex Stables, was good for a fifth and sixth place at 1.50m level with Finally Z. This nine-year-old mare is a daughter of Figaro C x Darco and was bred by Marianne WIllems. Stephex Stables bought Finally Z two years ago after the Belgian Championship for seven-year-olds in Lummen.

At national 1.40m level Bellefleur PS Z (Berlin x Quidam de Revel) and Mclain Ward gathered their fourth victory. Molly Ashe and Berdien Z (Bustique x Querlybet Hero) performed almost equally well with two first places and a second place. Conor Swail and Pin Up de Hus Z (Pilot the Hus x Casall ASK) ended in third place.

The WEF will continue for three more weeks, until March 31. 

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