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Allure, elegance and quality highlighted at 15th BH Festival

Sharapova MCJ Império Egípcio ridden by Raphael Machado Leite

By Roberta Milani (Translated by Bia Nicotero) / ABCCH-BH

In the midst of a pandemic that has haunted Brazil and the world since March, the Brazilian Association of Equestrian Breeders had the tough mission to host the 15th National BH Horse Festival in compliance with all the regulations imposed by the Ministry of Health to prevent and avoid the spread of coronavirus. As a result of a great deal of planning and commitment, the success of the event was determined.

The traditional Brazilian event that celebrates Brazilian breeders was held at the Clube Hípico de Santo Amaro, thus ending the triennial of the president of the ABCCH (National BH Horse Breeders Association) Mr. Luiz Flores.
In addition to showjumping competitions for young horses, from four to eight years of age, the best placed horses and riders qualified for the Future BH Horse competition where BH horses from all states are able to compete for the title of the year. The Gold Cup and the Classic Riding championships, 1m35 and 1m45 events, bring together the best Brazilian Horses that jump in high performance events in Brazil.
One of the highlights of this 15th National BH Horse Festival was the Classic Championship, with obstacles at 1m45, known as the Sharapova Império Egípcio Competition.

Roi Class Etoulon SM (Etoulon VDL x Corland)

A total of 40 combinations, comprising horses that were bred in Brazil and with a genealogical registration issued by the ABCCH, entered the sand course of the arena. Nonetheless, the evening was bound to be special for a certain BH mare who would say farewell to competitions, one of the best BH horses as of today. The mare who gave her name to this class was none other than the star Sharapova MCJ Império Egípcio, bred by Haras Marcio Jorge and owned by Daniel Morelli.

Drosa Bordhot (Bordeaux x Diego)

In fact, there was no space for any other horses out of the 16 that returned for the final round. As the final combination on the course, the ‘star’, together with her rider, Raphael Machado Leite, secured a win as Sharapova Império Egipcio (Baloubet du Rouet x Welton Ambassador), jumped clear in a time of 34.34 seconds. Challenger Jmen II (Calisco Jmen x Potencial), with Karina Harbich Johannpeter in the saddle, guaranteed second place, also with a faultless performance, stopping the clock at 35.53 seconds. Third place went to Ludam do Liberte (Quidam de Revel x Corrado I) ridden by Rafael Ribeiro.
It was, in fact, a very successful weekend for Raphael Machado Leite, after victory in the Classic Championship, he landed on top of the podium once again to close the 15th National BH Horse Festival, this time riding Billie-Jean Egyptian Empire (Dollar Du Murier x Calvaro Z). This pair advanced to the jump-off with six other combinations, jumping a course designed by Gabriel Malfatti and becoming the champions with a faultless 38.16 seconds... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber