Luciana Lossio Dazzles in $385,000 Bainbridge Companies CSI5* Grand Prix at WEF 9

Luciana Lossio e Lady Louise Jmen

Luciana Lossio (BRA) found out she would jump her first-ever five-star last Sunday night. Just under a week later, she stood atop the podium of the $385,000 Bainbridge Companies CSI5* Grand Prix during the ninth week of international competition at Wellington International’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). In front of a buzzing ‘Saturday Night Lights’ crowd, the 49-year-old rider guided long-time partner Lady Louise Jmen to a win she never dreamed of having. 

“This is unbelievable for me; I’ve been with this mare for six years and in the beginning I just wanted to jump 1.20m, but we became so much more,” said Lossio of her 14-year-old mare. “We went higher and higher, and today I’m here in my first five-star and winning alongside these riders that I just enjoy watching.

“She’s so confident; she doesn’t change from day to night or from the grass to the sand; she’s perfect,” continued Lossio of Lady Louise Jmen. 

Lossio returned in the penultimate position in a four-horse jump-off over courses masterfully designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade. To cheers from her family on the sidelines—many of whom traveled from Brazil to watch her compete—Lossio bested the current leading time of Nayel Nassar (EGY) by fourth tenths of a second. 

“Friday was International Women’s Day, so I think they may have let me win because of that,” said Lossio, an amateur who works full time as a lawyer in Brazil. “Tonight was our night. In the warmup, she was telling me, ‘I want to go.’ She’s very strong and I have to be there trying to keep her in my hands because she really likes to jump.” 

Luciana Lossio, Nayel Nassar and Karl Cook atop the podium for the $385,000 Bainbridge Companies CSI5* Grand Prix, presented by Jennifer and Richard Schechter, Chairman and CEO of the Bainbridge Companies. Photo © Sportfot

Top Five Results: $385,000 Bainbridge Companies CSI5* Grand Prix
1. Luciana Lossio (BRA) & Lady Louise Jmen: 2010 mare Owner: Luciana Lossio
2. Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Igor van de Wittemoere: 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Cooper van de Heffinck x Oralando) Owner: Evergate Stables
3. Karl Cook (USA) & Kalinka van’t Zorgvliet: 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve) Owner: Helen Signe Ostby
4. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Otis Blue: 2014 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Jaguar van Paemel x Numero Uno) Owner: Voquest, LLC
5. Kyle Timm (CAN) & Casino Calvin: 2013 Oldenburg gelding (Casino Berlin OLD x Calvin) Owner: The Rein Family

Press release Wellington International | Luciana Lossio & Lady Louise Jmen, winners of the $385,000 Bainbridge Companies CSI5* Grand Prix. Photo © Sportfot

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