San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – May 26, 2019 – Martin Jimenez (MEX) recorded his first Otomí Grand Prix CSI 2* victory Sunday afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, revealing the talent and professionalism of his 8-year-old Selle Français stallion, Bingo Ste Hermelle. The chestnut (Number One Disco x Diamant de Semilly), jumping first in an eight-horse jump-off, put pedal to the metal from the first fence and could not be caught, winning the CSI 2* competition with a time of 42.08 seconds.
Another 8-year-old, Golden Diamonds W.G., earned second place honors with Nicolas Pizarro (MEX) on a time of 43.03 seconds, while Hector Ortiz (MEX) completed a Mexican sweep of the podium, finishing third as the only other double-clear performer with Nepal 07, timed in 47.77 seconds.
Martin Jimenez (MEX) & Bingo Ste Hermelle
“This horse really enjoys jumping,” Jimenez said. “The more you ask of him and the more you push him, the more he gives you. He becomes more careful and jumps higher. I think he’s a rare [talent].”
Martin Jimenez (MEX) hoisting the coveted winner’s trophy
Jimenez’s victory brought to a close the two-week May circuit at Otomí, with competition scheduled to resume in September. “This is my first time winning a grand prix, ever,” Jimenez said. “I am so happy to have won at Otomí.”
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Source: Press relase by Catie Staszak for Otomí
Photos: © Otomí Grand Prix / Humberto Pacheco / Anwar Esquivel