By Roberta Milani (translated by Carolina Padilla) / ABCCH
Photography: Felippe Saad, Carola May
The arena at Sociedade Hípica Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil, was bustling with the grand finale of the 2022 Brazilian Championship – Senior Top, which provided the backdrop to the last qualifier for the South American Games, Odesur 2022.
The final competition of the most demanding championship of the category, the 1m60 Grand Prix, was staged over two different courses. Overall, it was Stephan Barcha and the 11-year-old mare Chevaux Primavera Montana Império Egípcio (Calvaro Z [Holst] - Primaluna [BH] x Paroli [Rhein]) who lived up to their billing as favorites and became the successive two-time champions for 2021/2022.
However, it was a fierce competition which saw Barcha completing the first round in second place with one time fault, behind Guilherme Foroni and the nine-year-old BH mare Casella Blanca JMen (Cachas - Vinara I x Cassini I), who finished the first round with zero faults.
Designed by Ivan Tagle from Argentina, Chevaux Primavera Montana Império Egípcio recorded a spotless second round, with Foroni and the young Casella Blanca JMen – competing in a Brazilian championship for the first time – being the last to enter the arena. A few missteps earned them nine faults, for a total of 10 overall, and the vice-chamion’s title.
According to Stephan Barcha, “Every single championship, every single course... you can never take anything for granted. I was a little tough on the mare, she heated up... She has a strong temper. But the second round gave us a beautiful championship crown after a fine dispute against Gui Foroni until the very end. She’s a solid mare, so I’m very happy.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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