Saturday afternoon, Santiago Lambre (BRA) topped his fifth major class in two weeks aboard a fifth horse, winning the $30,000 Traverse City National Grand Prix with Dingeman.
“Dingeman is a member of the family,” Lambre said. “I’ve had him since he was three years old, so 11 years together. We’ve done five-star grand prix together. He’s a very good horse. He’s very competitive so I hope he keeps it up for a couple of more years.”
Lambre was the first of seven to navigate the Olaf Petersen, Jr., (GER)-designed track clear, meaning he came back first for the jump-off. That did not put him at a disadvantage, though, as he guided the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels) to a time of 35.512 seconds. With the pressure on, only three other pairs were able to jump double-clear, and none as fast as Lambre.
Alexandra Peilet and Hyperbolics, owned by Co-Pielet, LLC, were the only pair to come close in 36.239 seconds, taking second. Third place went to Jonathon Miller and Isotropic Shadow, owned by Isotropic Networks, Inc., as they clocked in at 38.190 seconds.
When asked whether the winning streak adds or removes pressure, Lambre remarked, “When you start to win, you ride more relaxed. It takes away the pressure when you win two or three classes in a row. When you don’t win at all it adds more pressure, so you try to do more than you have to do. That affects the way the horses jump and they’re not jumping as well.”
Although the horse is a recent winner in CSI3* action, Dingeman’s place to shine this week was the National Grand Prix, as Lambre has a crop of younger horses that he’s aiming at the CSI3* level currently. With a steady long-term relationship, Lambre knew he could count on Dingeman to perform in Saturday’s class.
“The first three or four years he was in Europe,” Lambre said of the horse’s early career. “He came to the US and at 9 years old was jumping the five-stars. Now the last two years I tried to jump the three-star [level] and he’s been winning a lot. He’s always ready to jump if you need him.”
Aside from the 11-year partnership, the other factor separating Dingeman from the rest of the bunch is that he competes without shoes, and has been for about a year. “I was looking at the horses doing well in Europe without shoes,” Lambre shared. “I have a couple horses now going barefoot. He likes it; I think he jumps better without shoes.”
Final Results: $30,000 Traverse City National Grand Prix
1. Dingeman / Santiago Lambre / Santiago Lambre / 0/0/35.512 2. Hyperbolics / Alexandra Pielet / Co-Pielet LLC / 0/0/36.239 3. Isotropic Shadow / Jonathon Millar / Isotropic Networks, Inc. / 0/0/38.190 4. Ennio de Lezellec / Hilary McNerney / Hilary McNerney / 0/0/40.970 5. Maestro van de Volkaert / Ty Simpson / Copperline Farm LLC / 0/4/38.116 6. Dez Ooktoff / Roberto Teran / Roberto Teran / 0/4/41.051 7. Lou Lou VLS / Vanessa Hood / Take Two LLC 0/RT 8. Van Halen / Roberto Teran / Rocking Basilisk Farm, LLC / 4/80.915 9. ERP from www.olland.biz / Katia Manuel-Adams / Joan van Gorkum / 4/81.073 10. King van het Keizershof / Alex Granato / Kisma Equestrian, LLC / 4/82.703 11. BP Wakita / Roberto Teran / Trefoil Farm LLC / 4/82.912 12. Escada 298 / Caitlyn Connors / Caitlyn Connors LLC / 4/84.240