he U.S. jumpers closed out a successful week at the CSIO4* Coapexpan on Sunday by earning three of the top four places in the week’s feature two round Grand Prix, the Gran Premio Veracruz. All four members from the second place U.S. effort in Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup qualified for the second round in a testament to the strong form demonstrated by the Americans all week in Mexico.
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y) and her Team Gold and Individual Silver medal winning partner from the 2011 Pan American Games, Coral Reef Ranch’s 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Coral Reef Via Volo proved unbeatable on Sunday to earn the victory in the Gran Premio Veracruz. The 2012 Olympic Games veterans were the only combination to jump double clear in the class that saw 27 combinations head into round one and 15 come back for the second round.
Finishing in third place for the United States was Jon McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) and Candy Tribble’s Special Lux. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding produced a fault free trip in round one and returned with a four fault effort in round two to stop the timers in 44.60 seconds.
Sarah Segal (Flemington, N.J) and David Segal’s 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Ramses jumped a four fault effort in round one and produced a clear in the second round to earn a fourth place finish after finishing with a four fault total after two rounds in a time of 44.66.
Rounding out the U.S. effort on Sunday was Jon’s wife, Christine McCrea (East Windsor, N.Y.) and Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Zerly who produce an eight faults in round one and four faults in round two to finish on twelve faults in 44.84 seconds to in 13th place.