Brazil again took gold and silver in the Pre-Junior team event while Argentina Blanco claimed the bronze. Rodrigo Junqueira (Corlanda ll Jmen), Caroline Nehrer de Souza (Lietus), Isabela Piovesan Dall’Oglio (GTI 3) and Laura Ramos Rait (MD Quastor Jmen) posted a four-fault tally over two rounds to decide the result in favour of Brazil Amarela, but it came down to a two-way tussle between Brazil Verde and Argentina Blanco for the remaining two sets of medals when they shared a six-fault second-round scoreline.
And it was an extremely close-fought affair right to the end, with Verde’s Rodrigo Jardim de Rosa (Capuava Jimen), Victoria Junqueira Ribeiro (Ulrike van het Hellehof), and Pedro Backhwuer (Q’Pleasure de Bacon) all staying clear while Frederico Morais Menezes (Chaman Z) produced the drop-score of eight. Their combined time was 102.18, and this gave them the silver despite the fact that all of their Argentinean rivals, Maria Pilar Ganzabal (Racional JED), Alex Dircie (Remonta Jamaiquina), Francisco Leonforte (Nurmi Rouge) and Josefina Rico (Enterriano JR) kept a clean sheet. However, with the best three results counted, they were 0.82 seconds slower and had to settle for the bronze.
Team gold medallist, 15-year-old Laura Ramos Rait, led the individual rankings from the outset and could not be caught. Another double-clear with MD Quastor Jmen on the final day ensured she went home as a double-gold medallist, and Brazilians completely dominated the line-up here with Siew Chiang Cheng taking the silver with Asterix TW and another of the gold medal winning side, Isabela Piovesan Dall’Oglio, claiming the bronze.
Ramos Rait has a formidable record in these Championships, having finished fourth in the Children’s division at Passo Fundo in 2012, and taking both Individual gold and team silver in the Children’s category at Rosario last year, each time partnering the same trusty bay gelding, Quastor.