There were 78 entries in the competitive 1.45m class for the two-star division, the $35,000 The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte 1.45 Jumpers. Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio, a 15-year-old Brazilian-bred mare by Baloubet du Rouet owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, were the fastest in the jump-off over a course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio.
Their time was 32.92 seconds, just over two seconds faster than the second place finishers, Luis Fernando Larrazabal (VEN) and G&C Close Up. Third place went to Chaganus and Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) in 34.98 seconds.
Sharapova Imperio Egipicio has had success in Brazil in their national championships, and this is Musa’s first time competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. He scored a win just last week with Biscayo in the $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic.
“The course was very difficult,” said Musa. “The time was very short. The riders had to run a little bit in the first phase, and then the faults came. The jump-off was very fast and very competitive.”
Musa started riding the mare in September of 2017. “I like to ride the simplest way possible, always working the basic parts of the horse,” he said.
Final Results: $35,000 The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte 1.45m Jumpers CSI 2*
1 SHARAPOVA IMPERIO EGIPICIO: 2002 Brazilian mare by Baloubet du Rouet x Welton Ambassador
FRANCISCO JOSE MESQUITA MUSA (BRA), Daniel Aguiar Morelli: 0/0/32.92
2 G&C CLOSE UP: 2007 KWPN gelding by Eurocommerce Washington x Cobra
LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), San Francisco Stables LLC: 0/0/34.93
3 CHAGANUS: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Carthago
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Pessoa Stables LLC: 0/0/34.98
4 CHARLIE: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Charlie Z
WINN ALDEN (USA), Southern Arches, LLC: 0/0/35.87
5 SILTEPLAIT DE CIRCEE: 2006 Selle Francais stallion by Ephebe For Ever x Laudanum
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Remarkable Farms LLC: 0/0/37.10
6 JACKSON DE REGOR: 2009 BWP stallion by Vagabond de la Pomme x Querlybet Hero
NICOLE WALKER (CAN), Rostal NV + Stal Nieuwenhof: 0/0/42.28
7 COLUMBCILLE DE REVE: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Hermes de Reve x Errigal Flight
NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Crooks Show Jumping LLC: 0/4/36.28
8 ERES TU: 2009 Argentine gelding
LUIS PEDRO BIRABEN (ARG), Claudia Pedrozo & Luis Pedro Biraben: 0/4/40.13
9 HANNA VAN HD: 2007 BWP mare by Nabab de Reve x Olisco
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Ignas Phillips: 0/8/38.24
10 DELINQUENT JX: 2007 SHBGB gelding by Darco x I Need You
WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 0/10/46.58
11 VILLAMOURA: 2009 mare by Diamant de Semilly
SYDNEY SHULMAN (USA), Jill Shulman: 0/12/44.9
12 WILLOW: 2003 KWPN gelding by Guidam x Little Rock
ALEJANDRO KAROLYI (VEN), Amalaya Investments: 0/13/49.92