Yesterday's qualifying track for the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* in Florida was sure to be a challenge worthy of the elite combinations contesting it. Still, no one could beat the experienced and speedy duo of Bertram and Pacino Amiro.
With 14 combinations making it to the jump-off in the Adequan WEF challenging cup, only ten combinations made it for the shortened course as four riders decided to save their jumps for another day.
Several competitors produced a fast and fault-free finish. Still, none could have a better ride than Bertram and Aiden McGrory's Pacino Amiro.
"I started him off out here on the grass during his first week [at WEF] because I knew the next three five-stars were on the sand. I think the reason we were so successful in today's jump-off was because I didn't lose my pace anywhere. Every time I turned, something nice came up and I didn't have to do anything crazy or wild," Bertram said.
With the Rolex Grand Prix coming up on Saturday, Pacino and Bertram could not have had a better start to the week, especially considering their recent victory in the five-star Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix.