Ali Wagstaff and Great Thing.
Loxahatchee, FL (January 25, 2023) – Ali Wagstaff and Great Thing have knocked out their second winning title of the 2023 Ridge at Wellington Groves show season. The pair put in an amazingly fast jump-off as the last ride of the day to edge out the competition in a field of 18 in the $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix held during Week 2. Wagstaff also won the first $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic during Week 1, and her super fast and fault free jump-off over a challenging course set by Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios proves she will be a major contender this year.
Palacios set a series of fences for Week 2’s Grand Prix that gave just enough of a challenge to help riders progress and prepare for more international level jumping courses. Round one asked a few questions that for some prevented progression to the jump-off, including a triple bar to vertical to skinny line and a skinny wall. The jump-off was designed to allow riders to go fast but reinforced those questions asked in the first round, with horse and rider given the option of tight turns, a few long gallops, and two jumps, including the wall jump, going the opposite way. Jordan Coyle secured first and second with his mounts Picador (39.178 seconds) and Lisaniska Cool Quality (39.239 seconds), solidifying his reputation as a speed merchant. But Wagstaff, as the last to go, asked Great Thing for his speed and flew through the timers in 38.205, edging out Coyle for the win.
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