Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane secured his biggest career individual win to date in Puebla ©Getty Images

Mexico’s Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane achieved a career first by topping the standings at International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Jumping World Cup Puebla with his long-time partner Hortensia van de Leeuwerk.

The 27-year-old, who competed at his first Olympics at Tokyo 2020, finished first at the seventh leg of the North American League season, with compatriots Jose Alberto Martinez Vazquez and Miguel Angel Torres Hernandez placing second and third, respectively.

"We have achieved a lot of things like going to the Olympic Games," Gonzalez Dufrane said.

"That was my mission, my main goal and a dream come true.

"[My horse] is so clever and brave, and she doesn't look that fast, but she is.

"She's just everything."

Riding Chacendra, Torres Hernandez went clear to set a benchmark for his competitors to follow, and Martinez Vazquez and Gonzalez Dufrane responded.

The trio were the only riders to produce clean rounds, thus advancing to the jump-off.

When they returned for the shortened course, Torres Hernandez produced the goods again, setting a time of 44.17sec with no faults.

Martinez Vazquez went quicker and clocked a time of 40.94 sec and no faults.

Gonzalez Dufrane decided to gamble with his 15-year-old partner and it paid dividends, stopping the clock on 39.94 with no faults to win by a full second.

This triumph adds to the one Gonzalez Dufrane relished when he was a member of the Mexican team which won the 2019 FEI Jumping Nations Cup.

Just one leg remains in the 2021-2022 North American League season, in Ocala in Florida.

Gonzalez Dufrane, who is 15th in the standings on 20 points, will qualify for the World Cup Final in Leipzig alongside compatriot Nicolas Pizarro as things stand.

Ireland’s Conor Swail currently leads with 63 points while Canada’s Tiffany Foster is second on 59 points and Natalie Dean of the United States is third on 41 points.