Story and photos by Alan Fabricant of alfabphoto.com
What began as a clear night for the biggest and final event of the WEF season turned into the first real rain event of the year.
Having little or no rain over the past few months changed quickly as the first pair of rider and horse entered the stadium grounds.
A slight drizzle started and continued throughout the entire evening, sometimes heavy at times.
In what was originally an overflow, standing room only audience had most of the uncovered seats empty as the competition proceeded.
In spite of all of these distractions, 40 pairs of riders and horses went through their jumping routines.
Nine went through the first round clear (within the time limit and no knockdowns).
During the jump off only two of nine went through clear.
Taking first place and the largest check of the season, $165,000 was Richard Vogel of Germany riding Cepano Baloubet.
Second place went to Columbian Roberto Teran Tafur aboard Dez’ Ooktoff and a check for $100,000.
Ireland’s Bertram Allen riding Pacino Amiro finished third and received $75,000 for his efforts.