Mexico’s Eugenio Garza and Victer Finn Dh Z Are The Victors at SRJT Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Columbus CSI 3*-W Presented By Lugano Diamonds
Columbus, OH – October 7, 2018 — Eugenio Garza (MEX) and his mount Victer Finn Dh Z won the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Columbus, presented by Lugano Diamonds at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio. The class was a qualifying competition for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final to be held in Gothenburg Sweden in April 2019.
Ten horse and rider combinations of 38 initial starters reached the tiebreaking jump-off by riding fault-free over the first-round course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland, who served as course designer at the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Finals and 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.
Of those ten who advanced to the jump off, five managed to post double clear rounds, which made it a speed duel for the top position on the podium. Garza and his 10-year-old bay gelding, owned by Axel Verlooy Euro Horse Bvba, turned in a time of 41.33 seconds and then had to wait to see if his time would hold.
“I went into the jump-off knowing there were some really fast riders and horses behind me and I just wanted to go fast and play to the strengths of my horse,” said Garza. “He is 10 years old but he is not that experienced because he was off for a couple months, but he is a really fast horse with a big stride across the ground.”
Kelli Cruciotti (USA) and Serenity Farm’s Chamonix H, a 17-year-old mare, were the next in the ring and tried their best to beat Garza, but were no match for the blazing round he had set down. their final time was 42.65 seconds, good enough for third place.
“A year ago she had her first class back after coming out of retirement and a year before that she was just recovering from colic surgery,” said an emotional Cruciotti. “She is the best horse I will ever ride. I am very happy.”
Going last in the jump-off, Peter Lutz (USA) had the opportunity to catch Garza with Robin de Ponthual, a 13-year-old gelding owned by Katherine Gallagher and M. Michael Meller, and he almost did, but the timers read 41.49 seconds as he crossed through, putting him in second place.
“I had a plan and I stuck with it,” said Lutz. “We have had this horse for four years now and he is a great horse. I didn’t watch Eugenio’s ride, but I knew he was fast, and I tried to beat his time, but it just didn’t happen today.”
The $7,500 Horseflight High Junior/Amateur Jumper Final was won by David Oberkircher and Southfields Farm’s Tyson De Verteveuille. The pair crossed the timers in the jump-off in 39.500 seconds, almost three seconds ahead of Helen Graves with her Blue Sky Van De Olmenhoeve who finished in 42.616 Seconds.
Karina R and rider Erika Sergent sped to the win in the hotly contested $5,000 Child/Adult 1.10m Jumper Final. Their double clear rounds and jump-off time of 31.115 seconds narrowly held off the challenge from Elizabeth Porath and Tequila Girl who finished second in 31.287 seconds.
Hat Trick For Madden and Jiva at SRJT Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3* -W
McArdle Wins Youngster Bowl
Columbus, OH – October 5, 2018 — US Olympic veteran and reigning Longines FEI World Cup champion Beezie Madden rode Abigail Wexner’s brilliant bay mare, Jiva, to victory in the $10,000 CMJ Sporthorse National Prix at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio. The win gave them a perfect three for three in the National division.
Jiva and Madden were one of 11 horse-and-rider combinations who turned in faultless performances over the initial course thereby earning a spot in the jump-off. Madden got to watch the other riders try to clear the fences over the shortened course and she calculated her strategy. She entered the ring with Jiva and set down a scorching round in 34.345 seconds to move into the lead over Kristen Vanderveen who had held the lead with Bull Run’s Divine Fortune. The pair had posted a clear round in 34.844 seconds.
The final entry in the class, Nicole Bellissimo on Casino, gave it a real go and finished clean in a time of 35.896 seconds, but had to settle for third place behind Madden and Vanderveen.
“She has been fantastic here,” said Madden. “She is careful and fast, a great horse to have in the string. She did some big classes in Europe and we wanted to give her a nice easy week. She is nine years old but not that advanced; she has really shown how far she has come. A horse this careful just needs some laps to keep her confident. When I used to try to go fast she would push back but now she is learning to jump out of a big gallop and believe in me.”
Abigail McArdle and Fanta Light B, owned by Plain Bay Sales LLC, captured the win in the $5,000 Animo Youngster Bowl. The class, specifically for 7 and 8-year-old horses, saw five go clear in the first round and advance to a timed jump-off. Fanta Light B and McArdle finished the shortened course in 36.593 seconds, narrowly edging out Armando Hassey riding his own Lomax, who finished in 36.638 seconds.
“I have been itching for this win for the past two weeks,” said an extatic McArdle. “This mare is very fast across the ground. She doen’t have the biggest stride, but I tried to do the numbers where I could and then in the turns she just cruised along and that is where I think I got it. She is now done for the year. We are going to end on this, which I think is fantastic. She has had a big year with a lot of wins. I just love this horse.
“I love Split Rock,” continued McArdle. “They do a great job. If something is wrong, they take care of it immediately. The young horse classes havea little more money with them so there is more incentive. It is a really great competition.”
Catania 137 and Nick Dello Joio won the $1,000 Animo 6 Year Old Final with a faultless round in a time of 30.649. Over the two weeks of competition in Columbus, Nick piloted Catania 137 to three wins and a second place, winning the Final both weeks.
The $7,500 Ali Wolff LLC Medium Junior/Amateur Final was won by Caitlyn Connors and Boleybawn Perfection.
Eugenio Garza and Victer Finn Dh Z Win at SRJT Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Columbus CSI 3* -W
Madden Wins Second National Competition
Columbus, OH – October 5, 2018 — Eugenio Garza, one of Mexico’s up-and-coming stars, and his mount Victer Finn Dh Z, owned by Axel Verlooy Euro Horse Bvba, won the $40,000 CSI 3* Amalaya Investments 1.50m Welcome Prix at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio.
Alan Wade, international course designer from Ireland, who designed the tracks for the recent FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, put together a course with 16 jumping efforts in a time allowed of 79 seconds. Only ten of the 58 horse-and-rider combinations managed to complete the course without penalty with Garza and the 10-year-old gelding among the first to do so. Garza was joined on the good list by some of the sport’s greats, including Beezie Madden and Breitling LS, the current Longines FEI World Cup champions, who ended up placing second to Garza, and Christine McCrea, the 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist, with Jacobond van den Oude Eik, finishing in third place.
All of the jump off times were close, with barely a second separating them. Garza completed the shortened track in 40.24 seconds. Madden turned in a time of 41.28 seconds and Mc Crea crossed through the timers in 41.98 seconds.
“I knew there were fast riders coming right behind me,” said Garza. “Victer is a naturally fast horse and my trainer, Eddie Macken, told me to ride a fast, efficient round. I just rode to the plan and it all worked out and my time held up till the end, so I am really happy.”
Four-time U.S. Olympic veteran Madden rode Abigail Wexner’s Jiva to the blue ribbon in the $4,000 Walsh 1.40m Winning Round competition where the top ten competitors from the first round advance to the jump-off. Madden and the 9-year-old, bay, Belgian mare crossed through the timers fault-free in 28.888 seconds for the win.
“I have to thank the Wexners who have supported me for over 20 years now,” said Madden. “We got this mare about a year and a half ago. She was a little behind for a seven-year-old, but she is catching up now. She has some nice experience at a lot of places. She is careful and fast, so she is good at winning these types of classes. We have been trying to step her up, but you have to be a little careful how fast you move her up in the heights. She did some big classes this summer in Europe, but we try to balance out the bigger classes with some a little bit smaller.
“We heard such good things about the Split Rock shows that we wanted to come. We tried to come last year but it just didn’t fit into the schedule, but this year it worked out perfectly. It is nice that this is so close the Wexners that they have a chance to actually see their horses go.”
The $1,000 High Junior/Amateur Speed class saw Kady Abrahamson and her speedy partner, Charline 28, zoom away with yet another victory during the Split Rock Jumping Tour. Abrahamson is a regular participant on the Tour and has been a winner each time.
Danielle Stacy had a very busy and productive morning as she took the top two awards in the $1,000 Copeland Sport Horses Medium Junior/Amateur Speed competition. Stacy was first in the class aboard Flippant, narrowly beating out her other mount, Hot Topic.
Ireland’s Babington and Shorapur Speed to Win at SRJT Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Columbus CSI 3* -W
Madden Triumphs in National Competition
Columbus, OH – October 4, 2018 — Ireland’s Kevin Babington and his longtime partner, Shorapur, won the FEI $35,000 1.45m Speed competition at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio.
Alan Wade (IRL), who designed the tracks for the recent FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, was tasked with designing the courses for the feature event. He challenged the riders and horses with a track that was carefully plotted to test the skills of both.
Shorapur, a 13-year-old, Hanoverian mare owned by Shorapur LLC, is well known for her speed across the ground and over the fences, and she did not disappoint. The little bay completed the course clean in 69.15 seconds, well ahead of the other 59 competitors who tried their luck in the class.
“She is so fast,” said Babington. “My plan is to use Shorapur for Sunday, so my plan going in today was to see how she felt at the first three fences. If she wasn’t taking over and trying to pull me past the distance I would just stay on that rhythm. She was really good to the first three, so I just stuck to my plan and just tried to stay on a good rhythm all the way around. If it ended up being the fastest time, great, and if it didn’t, I still would have been happy. It is always really nice to win.”
Rowan Willis and Shark, winners of last week’s SRJT Columbus International CSI 2* Grand Prix placed second in the class.
U.S. Olympic veteran Beezie Madden, the reigning Longines FEI World Cup champion, brought out Abigail Wexner’s Jiva for the $2,000 1.35m Jump Off class. The 9-year-old, bay, Belgian mare responded to every cue from Madden and crossed through the timers fault-free in 28.70 seconds for the win.
The $1,000 High Junior/Amateur Power and Speed class went to Helen Graves and her Blue Sky Van De Olmenhoeve. Graves took second place in the class on her other mount, Lomax.
FVF Brulee and Hannah Loeffelbein took the top award in the $1,000 Blacklick Bend Farm Medium Junior/Amateur Power and Speed competition.
The $1,000 Low Junior/Amateur Power and Speed class was won by Czech rider Petra Sobotova and her Bodyguard.
Minikus and Luken Du Rouet Claim Victory at SRJT Longines World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W
Columbus, OH – October 3, 2018 — Todd Minikus and Luken Du Rouet were the last to enter the arena for the $2,500 1.40m Speed competition at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio. Action started Wednesday with national classes; FEI classes get underway on Thursday.
This pair had won two classes last week at the SRJT Columbus International CSI 2*, and 57.51 seconds later they claimed another win. Luken Du Rouet, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Erin Schiller, has become a consistent winner under Minikus.
“I had several horses to ride in this class and to tell you the truth they all went nicely, but I kept having little bummer four faults here, bummer four faults there, and I was getting a little frustrated,” said Minikus. “Luken won two classes last week and he came through with another awesome round again today. I started showing him at the end of Florida, and he is really moving up the ranks well. He is a sale horse that someone who wants to win should be buying.”
The $1,000 1.30m Speed class was won by Adam Prudent and Plain Bay Sales’ Vasco. The duo completed the course fault-free in a time of 51.732 seconds.
Ed Copeland and Visto’s Bespoke walked away with the blue ribbon in the $1,000 1.20m Speed competition. Visto’s Bespoke, owned by Twin Horse LLC, bested the field of 22 competitors by completing the course in 59.609 seconds without penalty.
The first day’s action culminated with the FEI Jog for the international competitors. Riders representing ten nations presented 65 horses to the Ground Jury and official veterinarians for inspection before they begin competition on Thursday.
Another Fine Day For Minikus at Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 2*
Columbus, OH – September 27, 2018 — He might have switched up the horses, but the outcome was the same as Todd Minikus continued to dominate the winner’s podium for the second day in a row at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 2*, the first of two weeks of international show jumping competitions being held at the Brave Horse Show Park, 1029 South County Line Road in Johnstown, Ohio.
The $2,000 John Deere 1.35 m Jump-Off competition gave Minikus another trip to the top of the podium as Luken Du Rouet, owned by Erin Schiller and with Minikus in the irons, took the top honors with double clear rounds in 29.911 seconds followed closely by Chaco 34, owned by Maidensway and again piloted by Minikus, who crossed through the timers in 30.711 seconds. This result made it the third trip to the winner’s platform in two days for Minikus, taking not only first place, but second as well.
“Luken Du Rouet is a green horse,” said Minikus. “He has been going well and then he has a little breakdown like he did yesterday. We changed bridles on him and he was awesome.”
Minikus continued his winning streak, earning the top placing in the $9,000 FEI Speed Cup, the feature event of the day, with Amex Z, a 10-year-old bay mare owned by the Bit By Bit Group. Minikus and the mare completed the course in 65.00 seconds.
“I am pretty proud of this mare,” said Minikus. “I’ve been working with her for a while now and this is her first FEI class. I hope this is the start of many more to come. She is very talented and very opinionated. Sometimes too opinionated. Today I just let her stay on her own pace and rhythm and it all came together.”
The course, designed by Brazilian Anderson Lima, tested both horse and rider but was designed to “prepare the horses to jump better and better all week, but also to have fun,” said the 39-year-old. Lima, an FEI ranked course designer, who has been designing for 22 years, but has only recently started designing in the US.
In other action, Lily Gottwald and Gaston Van T Steentje won the $1,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper class, while Riley Newsome and Dakar VDL took home the blue ribbon for the $1,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper, and Victoria Zelch and Sniper won the $1,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper class.
The Split Rock Jumping Tour’s stop in Columbus features two weeks of world-class horses and riders from approximately 20 countries including Olympic and World Cup veterans.
The event is modeled after successful European shows and gives competitors, sponsors and spectators an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” with a world-class venue, top prize money, extravagant awards and first-class amenities.
Selected as one of just 14 events in the Longines FEI World Cup North American League that will help determine which North American riders will qualify to go to the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup Finals, The Split Rock Show Jumping Tour at Brave Horse features the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Columbus presented by Lugano Diamonds on Sunday, October 7.
Split Rock Jumping Tour Columbus International CSI 2* Begins With Wins For Minikus
Columbus, OH – September 26, 2018 — The Split Rock Jumping Tour got underway Wednesday with the first of two weeks of international show jumping competitions held at the Brave Horse Show Park. The Columbus International CSI 2* runs September 26-30, followed by the Longines FEI World CupÔ Jumping Columbus CSI3*-W, October 3-7.
Todd Minikus and Indy Van De Roten, a 10-year-old mare owned by Autumn View Farm, galloped away with the win in the $2,500 National Jumping 1.40 m class with no penalties in a time of 58.200, narrowly edging out I Dottori Vd Richter, a 10-year-old gelding also ridden by Minikus and owned by Todd Minikus Ltd., who completed the course fault free in 58.585 seconds.
The National 1.30 m competition gave Minikus another one-two finish as Autumn View Farms’ Enzo completed the course flawlessly in 57.780 to win, just ahead of Chaco 34, owned by Maidensway, who finished in 60.998 seconds.
Matthias Hollberg piloted Dubai to win the National 1.10 m competition. Their clean round in 56.064 seconds earned them the win.
The first day’s action culminated with the FEI Jog for the international competitors. Riders representing eight nations presented 52 horses to the Ground Jury and Veterinarians for inspection before they begin competition on Thursday.
A Clean Sweep For Nick Dello Joio in the Young Horse Divisions at SRJT International CSI 2*
Columbus, OH – September 29, 2018 — Nick Dello Joio was unbeatable in the Animo Young Horse divisions at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 2*, held at the Brave Horse Show Park. Dello Joio and his mounts won every class in every age group.
SHL Spectre, a grey Oldenburg mare by Conthargos, won the $1,500 Animo 7-Year-Old Final as well as the class earlier in the week. Dello Joio piloted the mare, owned by Sarah Ryan, around the track without penalty to claim victory.
“I have only been riding her since May,” said Dello Joio after his win. “She is really quick across the top of the jump, but her stride doesn’t match up to the others. Now that I have been on her for a few months I can play to her strengths, so we went for it. I made some good turns out there and we were able to shave a few seconds off our time.”
Dello Joio returned to the ring with Catania 137, a 6-year-old Westphalian mare also owned by Ryan, and took the blue ribbon in the $1,000 Animo 5/6 Year Old Jumper Final. Catinia 137 both of the young horse classes in her age group as well, to sweep the division.
The $7,500 Copeland Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Final was won by Abbey Soffer and her Lundback T Hastak. The pair turned in double clear rounds and finished the jump-off in a time of 35.268, two seconds faster than their closest competitor.
Nicole Bellissimo and VDL Bellefleur were the winners of the $7,500 Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Final. Bellissimo and VDL Bellefleur bested a field of 24 Horse and rider combinations to take the win.
Shark Takes A Big Bite of the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Grand Prix at SRJT International CSI 2*
David Blake and Emillia Win National Prix
Columbus, OH – September 30, 2018 — Shark and Australian Rowan Willis looked like they might be the only clean round in the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Grand Prix held during the Columbus International CSI 2* at the Brave Horse Show Park.
Midway through the class of 41 original starters, theirs was the only fault free round. It was not until Cristine McCrea and Dali De Vy, the 29th horse and rider combination to test Anderson Lima’s course, that we saw another faultless performance. It took another ten rides before Liza Finsness and Shiver added their names to the good list. Chippendale’s Boy DZ and Sloane Coles made it a foursome to return for a jump-off.
Lima designed a track that was challenging, a tight time allowed, 74 seconds, as well as a triple bar to a double combination felled quite a few competitors.
Willis and Shark, a 10-year-old bay gelding, set the tone of the jump-off, posting a clear round in a quick time of 45.52 seconds. McCrea tried to catch them with Dali DeVy but while they were penalty free, the time was not fast enough at 46.19 seconds. Chippendale’s Boy DZ and Sloane Coles had the time, 45.05 seconds, but it was at the price of a rail down. Liza Finsness and Shiver also dropped a rail and finished in a time of 48.06 seconds.
“I think this was a good course,” said Willis after the win. “It asked questions all over the place and there were a lot of faults in different areas, not just one jump causing problems. That is the sign of a good course builder.
“Shark is a great horse. I have had him since he was five,” continued Willis. “He is out of the same mare as my good horse Blue Movie, and by Arko III, so he is bred to do the job, and he did the job today.”
The 1.35m National Prix was won by David Blake and Emillia, owned by Pine Hollow Farm. They completed the jump-off course clean in a time of 33.155, just enough to push Todd Minikus and Luken Du Rouet into second place.
“I got to see Todd’s round and I honestly don’t know where I shaved off some time, but obviously I did,” said Blake. “She was great all week, it is good to end on a high!”
Minikus was not left out of the awards, as he took home the check for the “Fistpump Award”, a Split Rock Jumping Tour tradition.
It was another top finish for Kady Abrahamson and Charline 28, as the were victorious in the $7,500 HorseFlight High Junior/Amateur Jumper Final.
“She is the horse of a lifetime,” said Abrahamson. “This makes six classes in a row that we have won this summer. I am just so lucky to get to ride a horse like her.”
Elizabeth Porath and her Tequila Girl won the $5,000 1.10 m Child/Adult Jumper Final in decisive fashion. The pair were third to in the order and laid down a trip that would hold for the remainder of the class.
“Tequila Girl can do this in her sleep as long as I don’t mess up”, said Porath. “We had some great turns in the jump-off, but there was also a lot of luck involved.”
$50,000 FEI 1.45m Grand Prix
1st SHARK/ROWAN WILLIS/$12,500/0 | 70.3/0 | 45.52
2nd DALI DE VY/CHRISTINE MC CREA/$10,000/0 | 70.51/0 | 46.19
3rd CHIPPENDALE’S BOY DZ/SLOANE COLES/$7,500/0 | 71.74 4 | 45.05
4th SHIVER/LIZA FINSNESS/$5,000/0 | 70.79 4 | 48.06
5th JARCOBOND VAN DEN OUDE EIK/CHRISTINE MC CREA/$3,500/1 | 74.93 –
6th EXOTIK SITTE/ALI WOLFF/$2,750/4 | 70.28 –
7th CASINO/NICOLE BELLISSIMO/$2,000/4 | 71.19 –
8th JERSEY V.D. HUNTERS/NICOLE BELLISSIMO/$1,500/4 | 72.16 –
9th SOVEREIGN/LISA GOLDMAN/$1,500/4 | 73.17 –
10th SWEET TRICIA/NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO/$1,250/4 | 73.49 –
11th ITALIAN GOLD VAN DE KRUISHOEVE/ROWAN WILLIS/$1,250/4 | 73.62 –
12th VICTORIO 5/ABIGAIL MC ARDLE/$1,250/4 | 73.75 –
Ireland’s David Blake Revs Up To Win at SRJT International CSI 2*
Columbus, OH – September 28, 2018 — The national anthem of Ireland played over the loudspeakers at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 2*, as David Blake and Keoki, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, galloped away with the $35,000 FEI CSI 2* Welcome Stake with two faultless rounds and a jump-off time of 47.49 seconds.
Blake and Keoki, a 9-year-old bay Holsteiner stallion, bested a field of 48 starters for the win. Ten of the original starters advanced to the jump-off and the rounds kept getting faster and faster before Blake, the last to go, entered the ring.
“My horse has a very big stride and so I was able to leave out strides to the last two fences and I think that is what made it for us today,” explained Blake. “He is new to us, I have had him for two months. He has been very, very good so far, with good results at every show.”
Ali Wolff and Double H Farm’s Exotik Sitte took second place, double clear over the fences in a time of 47.70 seconds.
Lukan Du Rouet, a 12-year-old gelding by the great Baloubet Du Rouet, and Todd Minikus continued to dominate the national jumper division, as they won the $5,000 Winning Round competition. In the Winning Round format, the top ten on the leaderboard return for a jump-off against the clock. Minikus and the brilliant chestnut gelding blazed around the course with no faults in a time of 35.691 seconds for their second win of the week. David Blake with the Pine Hollow Farm entry, Emilia, were second with a time of 37.553 seconds.
Kady Abrahamson and Charline 28, a 13-year-old Mecklenburg mare owned by Abrahamson Equestrian LLC, won the $1,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class with a clean round in a time of 60.82 seconds. Charline 28 has been Abrahamson’s winning mount many times during the Split Rock Jumping Tour. The two have been together for three years, and although they had a rocky start, they now have an exceptional relationship that has led them to many successes, including winning their first grand prix together earlier this summer.
“Charline has been amazing over the past few years. I got her from Sharn Wordley three years ago. When I first got her, it took me a year to like her. She is a chestnut mare and she is absolutely crazy. A year ago we clicked and ever since then we have been on fire.”
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