When he’s on, he’s on, and Samuel Parot proved it on Thursday, February 16, 2017 to win the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup CSI3* Round 6 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
Parot, a representative of Chile, rode the hot-blooded Atlantis over a clear round, and mastered a difficult jumpoff track to finish first in the competitive class.
With hunters taking over the International Arena during Week 6 at WEF, the international jumpers relocated to the site of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, otherwise known as the equestrian village.
But despite the tight confines of the new arena, 21 riders jumped clear in Round 1, and with four combinations choosing not to return, it was a group of 19 who came back to tackle a challenging jumpoff.
“When you walked the course, you thought it would be more difficult, but there were a lot of clears today,” said Parot.
Richard Jeffrey built a fitting track for the confines of the main arena at the Equestrian Village; the walled space has an indoors feel and is a fresh location for competitors at WEF. But any Round 1 rider who saw the long list of clears and thought the challenge of the day was too soft didn’t stick around for the jumpoff, which claimed its fair share of casualties.
In the jumpoff, the triple combination at 11ABC returned with the B and C elements causing trouble for several riders who gambled too much on the approach and suffered stops and rails.
But Parot had no such problems aboard the 14-year old Zangersheide gelding (Andiamo Z x Royal Bravour) that has been his top partner for a number of years now. After a notable win streak in the fall of 2015, when Parot and Atlantis won multiple, FEI World Cup Qualifiers on the West Coast, Atlantis spent time on the sidelines recovering from a hoof injury, only to now come back stronger than ever.
“He is a very good horse, he is very fast, and he is always pulling,” said Parot. “I ride him in a hackamore at home because he is very sensitive, and work him on the flat a lot. He knows when he is at the show. He is really a top horse.”
Parot will return to the Equestrian Village arena on Friday evening for the $130,000 CSI3* Grand Prix. Show jumping competition is also being held on the grass Stadium Derby field through the weekend.
Pedro Muylaert placed 2nd with Prince Royal Z, and Laura Chapot was 3rd for the USA with ISH Dual Star.
See the complete results at this link.