Rider of the Week: Samuel Parot

Ph. via Royal West
Ph. ©Katy Whitt Photography

Samuel Parot kicked his hot streak up another notch last week during the Royal West in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The 51-year-old Chilean rider has been taking the West Coast by storm since September with a pair of horses that he only partnered with this year.

UPDATE: Parot began Week 2 of the Royal West CSI3* with a 1-2 finish in the $45,000 ATCT Welcome Speed 1.45m on Tuesday, October 27th.

UPDATE: Parot’s hot streak continued through Week 2 of the Royal West CSI3*. Click here to read about how he took another speed class win, and first place in the coveted Longines North American League World Cup Jumping Qualifier Calgary on Oct. 31.

Parot, who is normally based in Wellington, Florida and regularly competes in Europe, switched things up with a West Coast tour this summer and fall that has followed stops in Spruce Meadows and along the Longines North American League World Cup Qualifying circuit.

Parot purchased Couscous van Orti, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Nabab de Reve x CAsh) and Atlantis, a 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L) in late spring. Both horses had previously been campaigned in the stables of Pieter Devos and his wife, Caroline Poels-Devos. Parot stepped things up this year to compete for Chile at the Pan American Games, and built his first-ever trip to Spruce Meadows around that. While Parot suffered a broken clavicle from a fall the first week of Spruce Meadows Summer, that injury was his only trouble spot of the summer, and he recovered quickly enough to capture his first career Spruce Meadows victory on July 1st with Couscous Van Orti.

While the Pan American Games proved to be unremarkable for Parot, he really hit his stride this fall. At Sacramento, California on September 27th, the second stop of the Longines NAL, he won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping League Grand Prix CSI3*-W  aboard Atlantis. On to the Del Mar stop of the tour, Parot picked up a CSI4* win with Atlantis, who he describes as “a very fast, careful horse, very good on the turns.”

And those wins are now part of the full fledged hot streak after Parot showed a dominating presence during the first week of the Royal West, held in downtown Calgary from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1. Aboard Couscous Van Orti, Atlantis, and Tailormade Anna Chacca, repectively, Parot captured 1st through 3rd place in the October 22nd $35,000 Stone Ridge 1.45m Royal West International Championship Phase 1, and won the $35,000 Tractorland 1.45m Royal West International Championship Phase 3 on October 24th with Atlantis.

“Parot showed a dominating presence during the first week of the Royal West, held in downtown Calgary from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1.”

“When I brought my horses here from California, they were a little spooked at first coming indoors,” Parot commented of the Royal West stadium venue. “But they are comfortable now, and I’m glad I let John (Anderson) talk me into coming to Calgary.”

Parot will be competing in this Saturday night’s $126,000 Longines FEI World Cup Calgary Grand Prix at the Royal West. This is the first time that the Royal West has hosted a Longines World Cup Qualifier, and as is common when competing on this side of North America, Parot is the singular representative of his native Chile.

English is not Parot’s first language, and he’s a quiet presence at the shows in part because of that. But he is a well liked rider and well respected by his fellow riders. “There is something I would like to say about Samuel; I know him very well because he shows a lot in France,” said Eric Navet after Parot’s Sacramento win. “Before I moved here to California, I met Samuel at many of the shows in France. He’s a great guy, always happy, always friendly, and he’s a very, very efficient and fast rider so I’m not surprised that he got the win.”

From his most recent win at the Royal West, to Del Mar, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Spruce Meadows, check out this slideshow documenting Parot’s highly successful tour insofar on the North American international show jumping circuit:

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