LUIS SABINO GONÇALVES WINS AT LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL ABOARD VICK DU CROIS
CSI 4* $40,000 LEGACY MEDICAL CENTERS LONGINES GRAND PRIX QUALIFIER
Ocala, Fla. (March 18, 2023) –Luis Sabino Gonçalves speeds to victory abroad Vick du Croisy in the CSI 4* $40,000 Legacy Medical Centers Longines World Ranking Class taking home the top honor and Centurion Global Access Membership worth $55,000.
Luis Sabino Gonçalves from Portugal piloted Vick du Croisy, a 14-year-old Selle Français around two tracks designed by German course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. With a jump off time of 40.39 seconds, Luis was the fastest in a jump off of 11 competitors.
“This horse is a winner. It felt amazing out there today. My mare yesterday was a little excited to be out there in this beautiful environment with this crowd. She was a little disconnected yesterday but today she was more focused, and she jumped a very nice round.” Said Luis Sabino Gonçalves. “I love Live Oak International. Last year I was just a visitor here, and I decided then that I wanted to compete here. So here we are today, and I am very happy to be here and with these amazing results.”
As the winner of today’s CSI 4* $40,000 Legacy Medical Centers Longines Grand Prix Qualifier, Luis Sabino Gonçalves also takes home a Centurion Global Access Membership. Gifted by sponsor Legacy Medical Centers, this exclusive state of the art membership is for those who need regenerative care wherever they are in the world.
Second place today went to Andre Thieme and Conacco with a jump off time of 41.44 seconds. And third spot went to Santiago Lambre and his mount Casey with a jump off time of 42.60
Winning today’s CSI 1* $5,000 Waldron Private Wealth Grand Prix was 11-year-old Ventisette and Fernanda Dib Gabriel from Brazil with a speedy round in a time of 39.60 seconds.
“I have no words to describe how proud I am of Ventisette today. She was amazing and jumped her heart out. My whole team behind this today was remarkable and I’m so thankful. Today’s win means a lot to me, and I got super emotional. I’m working on my masters now, so I just ride on the weekends and my horse, and I are still bonding so this win today really means the world.”
In a close second place was Carly Anthony aboard 12-year-old Jet Blue owned by Robin Parsky with a jump off time of 39.92.
Quantum Trost and Abby Grabowski was third with a time of 41.17 seconds in the jump off with her 12-year-old horse.
Competition continues tomorrow with the exciting CSI 4* $222,600 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala presented by Lugano Diamonds. Also tomorrow, Saturday March 18 attendees will get to take in a special presentation by the Budweiser Clydesdales. The tournament will continue rain or shine.
This tournament is a must see for all. Back this are the year are the Budweiser Clydesdales with their final presentation tomorrow at 3:45pm. In addition to some of the world’s best riders and drivers, the event is bigger and better than ever before and with something for everyone. Spectators can enjoy the AdventHealth Ocala KidsZone, BierGarten, and the incredible vendor village. Come out and join in under the beautiful Live Oaks.
About Live Oak International
What began 32 years ago as a driving event in Ocala, Live Oak International has grown into a world-class equestrian event. Now run by co-Presidents Chester Weber and his niece, Chloe D. Reid, the tournament is the only in the United States to offer both international combined driving and show jumping at the same competition. As one of Marion County’s largest spectator event, more than 15,000 spectators attend the four-day tournament to watch the competition by athletes from around the globe. In addition to the combined driving and show jumping competition, Live Oak International hosts many hospitality opportunities, and a flourishing vendor area available to the public. For more information, please visit www.liveoakinternational.com