By Roberta Milani (translated by Caroline Padilla) / ABCCH
Photography: Anna Paula Carvalho
The XVIII National Festival of the Brazilian Sport Horse took place at Clube Hípico de Santo Amaro in São Paulo, and welcomed imressive numbers who witnessed a very diverse range of classes to crown a memorable edition.
The event featured the national exhibition, stallion competitions and mare approval, national free jumping championship, exclusive jumping classes for young horses (contributing to the CBH/ABCCH and Agromen National Ranking), as well as the Classic and Grand Prix during the second week. It stood out as a grand occasion, bringing together an exceptional participation of horses from all over the country. The significant numbers reflected the magnitude and excellence of this extraordinary edition.
Approval and exhibition:
Over 113 horses participated in the first week of the event in the Approval and Exhibition section, adding a special shine to the festival. It also provided an unprecedented prize fund of R$150,000 for the top three exhibitors, recognizing their dedication and the quality presented.
Among the highlights, the stallion approval reached a record number of entries, with 43 products in the jumping category (free and ridden). The judging panel included Sebastian Rohde (NED), Andre Lolo (BRA), Marcelo Tosi (BRA), Marcos Antonio da Costa Ribeiro Junior (BRA), and Victor Chiari Alves (BRA), who played a crucial role in the evaluation.
Two outstanding stallions – Merano Jmen I (Million Dollar van het Schaeck x Carbacan Jmen) and Itaipu 3k (Arezzo VDL x Air Jordan Z) were definitively approved with final scores of 8.17 and 8.13, respectively. Ten other stallions were provisionally approved.
Twenty-three horses were judged under saddle in the stallion approval, and based on their scores after two days of presentation, three were definitively approved with scores equal to or above 8.0: Cashman Jmen (Casall x Comme il faut); Zapster Rec (Zapatero VDL x Larini); and C-Monthago Jmen II (Mylord Carthago x Carbacan Jmen), with a further seven being provisionally approved.
Evaluating the two- to three-year-olds in the mares’ competition was not an easy task, and the battle was intense until the very last day. After morphology and movement assessments, the females were tested in free jumping. Of the 18 mares presented on the elliptical track, only three achieved the scores required by the judging committee, with a minimum average of 8.0 points. The grand champion among the approved females was the mare Kan Kan Flores, bred and owned by Haras Flores. The mare is a daughter of Carrera VDL out of the mare Kan Kan Campeche (Kannan)... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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