Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro Speed to the Win in the $140,000 Adequan WEF Series Round XII CSI5*

Wellington Fla. – March 31, 2022 – As the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival continued  with its final week Thursday, competition was fierce for the $140,000 Adequan WEF Series Round XII CSI5*. A field of 54 entries contested course designer Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) course on the Stadium Derby Field of Wellington International that included 13 obstacles. Jorge incorporated a triple bar, a wall, and a liverpool into a challenging track that saw only 14 clear first round efforts. Bertam Allen of Ireland and Pacino Amiro ultimately took the win by over a second with a time of 42.88 seconds in the jump-off.

Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro

The first clear of the class was the second on course, Philipp Weishaupt (GER) riding Alice Lawaetz’s Coby 8. Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Artisan Farm’s Figor put in the next clear ride to guarantee a jump-off. Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) rode her longtime mount Royce, owned by Gladewind Partners LLC, to a clear round as well, making for a great birthday gift as the seasoned athlete welcomed another year. Three more clear rounds were had in the first group of riders before the drag break, guaranteeing a thrilling jump-off. The second half of the class added nine more riders to the list, making it 14 pairs advancing to the jump-off.

Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro

Of the 14 clears, only 10 decided to contest the jump-off with Goldstein-Engle, Beat Mandli (SUI), and Rowan Willis (SUI) electing to withdraw. Weishaupt and Coby 8 were the first to contend the shortened course with just a single pole rolling to the ground for 4 faults and a time of 48.35 seconds.

Karl Cook and Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet

The next to go of the group was Foster and Figor, who put in the first clear with a quick time of 46.07 seconds. Ireland’s Allen, aboard Aiden Mcgrory’s Pacino Amiro, quickly overtook Foster with a clear round and time of 42.88 seconds putting them in an early lead. Karl Cook (USA) and Signe Ostby’s Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet sped to a quick clear of 44.66 seconds, sliding into second behind Allen.

Lorenzo De Luca and F One USA

Lorenzo De Luca (ITA) rode Neil & Heidi Moffit and Poden Farms’ F One USA to a speedy time of 44.24 seconds, which took over the second place spot from Cook. Other rides contested the track, but none could pull out a clear round, leaving Allen in the first place position, followed in second by De Luca, and rounding out the top three was Cook .

Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro

CSI5* competition resumes Friday on the Stadium Derby Field with the FEI $37,000 CSI5* Bainbridge 1.45m Qualifier at 12:30 p.m. following the FEI $37,000 CSI2* CabanaCoast 1.45m.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Bertram Allen – $140,000 CSI 5* Adequan WEF Series Round XII winner

On Pacino Amiro’s program leading up to the last week:
“I started off out here on the grass the first week just to mix it up a bit because I knew the next three CSI5* classes were on the sand and [Pacino Amiro] has been great all circuit. He’s had the last two weeks off, so just really trying to have him feeling well and feeling fresh .He really felt fresh today and I found it very easy for him today, so it was a nice feeling.”

On the course:
“I think the biggest thing in the jump-off is I didn’t lose it anywhere. Every time I turned it was a nice one, it was nothing crazy or wild. I found the course for the first round very good. Sometimes, for a big class like this for the qualifier, if they don’t build a tough enough course, you get maybe some lesser people in and then maybe a good horse and a good rider can be unlucky and miss out. There was nothing unfair or too big.”

Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro

On his plans for Pacino Amiro going forward:
“He’ll go home now after WEF and he’ll have a month easy. Then there are some great shows back in Europe during the summer, and then hopefully all being well, if they want him for the World Equestrian Games, we can try and target him at that.”

On his success this season:
“It’s brilliant. We had a great circuit last year with competition and the sales. We kind of thought that wasn’t going to happen again, so to come here and be better this year, I definitely wasn’t expecting that.”

RESULTS

$140,000 Adequan WEF Challenge Round XII CSI5*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time
1. Pacino Amiro / Bertram Allen / IRE / Aiden Mcgrory / 0 | 70.94 / 0 | 42.88
2. F One USA / Lorenzo De Luca / ITA / Neil & Heidi Moffitt & Poden Farms / 0 | 70.38 / 0 | 44.24
3. Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet / Karl Cook / USA / Signe Ostby / 0 | 70.12 / 0 | 44.66
4. Figor / Tiffany Foster / CAN / Artisan Farms, LLC & Tiffany Foster / 0 | 73.88 / 0 | 46.07
5. Nayel Nassar / Igor Van De Wittemoere / EGY / Evergate Stables LLC & Nayel Nassar / 0 | 70.13 / 4 | 45.92
6. Captain Cooper / Hilary Mcnerney / USA / Hilary Mcnerney / 0 | 73.7 / 4 | 47.2
7. Levis De Muze / Ioli Mytilineou / GRE / Elia Construction SA / 0 | 71.91 / 4 | 47.34
8. Coby 8 / Philipp Weishaupt /GER / Alice Lawaetz / 0 | 71.62 / 4 | 48.35
9. Ginger-Blue / Ben Maher / GBR / Jane Forbes Clark / 0 | 69.37 / 8 | 45.58
10. Killer Queen VDM / Daniel Deusser / GER / Stephex Stables & Daniel Deusser / 0 | 72.93 / 8 | 49.91
11. Gazelle / Kent Farrington / USA / Kent Farrington & Robin Parsky / 0 | 68.31 / WD
12. Blue Movie / Rowan Willis / AUS / Rowan WIllis / 0 | 69.4 / WD

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