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Sixteen-year old Emanuel Andrade denies veteran Aaron Vale the win at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
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Sixteen-year old Emanuel Andrade won the $50,000 Grand Prix of Roanoke Saturday night on Walter 61 for owner-trainer Andrea King's Hollow Creek Farm.
SAM OWENS | The Roanoke Times
Clark Clouse rides Freshman Cheerleader for owner John Herbst Saturday night at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show held at the Salem Civic Center. Freshman Cheerleader was the winner of the American Saddlebred Five Gaited Stake.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Emanuel Andrade was so fired up about winning the Grand Prix of Roanoke that he broke out into English.
“I am super excited,” Andrade said.
The 16-year-old Venezuelan is a far more advanced horseman than he is English speaker, so a complete sentence is something of a triumph. But who needs to speak English when you can ride like he does?
Andrade thrilled a Salem Civic Center arena crowd that included his own father, who had come a long way to be on hand for the competition, by riding Walter 61 to a jump-off victory over second place Spirit of Alena and Aaron Vale Saturday night in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Roanoke.
That snapped a three- year winning streak in the Salem event for Vale and denied him a record 13th blue ribbon in this class at this show.
Good sportsman that he is, the veteran Vale saluted the new champion.
“He’s got all the resources, he’s got the talent, he’s got access to the horses, and he’s got the heart to fight to win,” Vale said. “He doesn’t go in there for second place. He should be great.”
Andrade won his sixth jumper class of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show this week, an impressive haul for a young rider with his competitive experience. This wasn’t the first Grand Prix Andrade has won, but it is the first one in the United States. He rides for trainer Andrea King out of Hollow Creek Farm in Aiken, S.C., who owns Walter 61.
The top five was rounded out by third place Quincy Car and Colombian veterinarian Fernando Cardenas; fourth place Diamant De Revel and Chrstoph Schroeder ; and Palm Sunday, the second of three horses Vale rode.
Palm Sunday had won the Welcome Stake and Open Stake earlier this week.
Six were in the jump-off with Andrade also riding ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z. Quincy Car and Diamant De Revel were the other two. Andrade was the first on the course in the jump-off with Walter 61.
Andrade raced through the tight and abbreviated course fault free in a very quick 34.773 seconds. Quincy Car and Diamant De Revel were fault-free but not as fast. Vale knocked down a rail at the last fence with Palm Sunday but wouldn’t have been fast enough to catch Walter 61.
Andrade dropped one rail on ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z, which left the course to Spirit. Vale has broken a lot of hearts riding last like this. A rider in such position knows what he has to shoot for. Vale and Spirit of Alena gave it their best, leaving all the jumps up, but their time of 35.295 just wasn’t enough .
Andrade was beside himself with anxiety before Vale was through.
“I was 1,000 percent nervous by that time,” he said through translator Victor Segovia, who rode Romeo in the Prix.
Andrade collected $15,000 for first .
“I am so grateful,” he said.
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