Mexico’s Santiago Lambre Rides Ibabco to $71,200 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* Victory at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
Concluding CSI2* competition at the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, elite horse-and-athlete teams returned to the Grand Prix Ring on Sunday for one final chance at the Week IV prize money. Boasting 38 entries, the $71,200 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* was won by Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Ibabco, who just narrowly edged out the field to secure the week’s most coveted victory.
Created by veteran course designer Alan Wade, the first round course saw 10 entries successfully navigate the pattern fault-free and within the time-allowed to earn a spot to compete over the short course. Serving as the early clear pathfinders of the class, Andrew Welles (USA) and Itasca Group LLC’s Serpico were the first duo to keep all of the rails up, and they were later joined by Lambre, Molly Ashe Cawley (USA), Maria Costa (USA), Schuyler Riley (USA), Ali Wolff (USA), Rachel Cornacchia (CAN), Tanner Korotkin (USA), and Abigail McArdle (USA) aboard their respective mounts. With two horses eligible for the jump-off, Cawley posed the greatest chances of winning.
First to return, Welles and Serpico stopped the clock in 39.020 seconds, but had a rail down to incur four faults against them. The next to tackle the course, Lambre and Ibabco turned in an impressive effort and laid down the first double-clear performance of the evening, tripping the timers in 35.890 seconds to jump to the lead. The remainder of the pack tried to eclipse their time, but none were able to match their speed or carefulness. Wolff and Quirie 2, owned by John Wolff, finished just off the pace in the second place position in a fault-free time of 35.990 seconds, and Cornacchia and Eventyre Farms Ltd.’s Valkyrie De Talma closed out the top three in a clear 38.240 seconds.
“Ibabco is one of my best horses. I jumped the 2* this week to prepare for the 3* in a couple of weeks,” Lambre shares on his jumping partner. “He is a winner and he is fast, and I think he is a horse who could jump 5* grand prix classes. I was second to go out of 10 and I knew I had very fast riders behind me so I tried to do my best and it worked.”
Sunday’s GLEF victory marks one of multiple for Lambre, who during his Traverse City debut in 2017 took home three back-to-back FEI wins throughout Weeks III and IV in the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI2*, $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2,* and the Amalaya Investments $50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* with horses Dingeman and Doloris.