By Roberta Milani (info from BH) (Translation: Caroline Padilla) / ABCCH
Photography: Luis Carlos Ruas
Marking a remarkable debut at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, 34-year-old Stephan Barcha steered the impressive Chevaux Primavera Montana Império Egípcio/aka Primavera Montana to the coveted individual gold medal in showjumping.
The stage for this memorable achievement was Quillota, the equestrian host city, north-west of Chile’s capital city, Santiago. With a captivating performance, the duo overcame the competition’s challenges as well as their fellow competitors.
Facing obstacles at 1m60, Stephan Barcha and Primavera Montana (Calvaro Z [Holst] - HFB Primaluna [BH] x Paroli [Rhein]) maintained precision, despite a fault at the last vertical of the final course, and the outcome was a well-deserved gold medal in their Pan American Games debut. Overall, the victorious pair accumulated 8.06 points, including the score from the first day plus two flawless rounds in the Nations Cup, where Brazil secured team bronze.
The team competition unfolded with two identical courses designed by the Brazilian international course designer Marina Azevedo, the first woman in Pan Am Games history to set the show-jumping course. Thrilling to the end, Brazil needed three faultless performances in the second round to win team gold in a battle with the USA, but fell short and had to be satisfied with bronze, with a total of 20.32 points. The Brazilian team included Marlon Zanotelli with Deesse de Coquerie (Consul de Vie Z*GFE), Rodrigo Pessoa riding Major Tom (Vagabond de la Pomme), Pedro Veniss with Nimrod de Muze (Nabab de Reve), Stephan Barcha with Brazilian Sport Horse Chevaux Primavera Império Egípcio, and Doda Miranda as the team reserve with Dinozo Un Prince (Diamant de Semilly)... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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