Jessica Springsteen and Volage Du Val Henry. © Sportfot.
February 6, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Volage Du Val Henry, owned by Stone Hill Farm, flew to the top of the podium in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic on Saturday, February 6, held on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, as international show jumping continues at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Anderson Lima (BRA) set a technical track for the field of 63 entries which featured 16 jumping efforts, narrowing the field down to 15 who qualified for the second round. Of the 14 electing to jump off, five nations were represented but once again, the host country prevailed. Springsteen and the 12-year-old Selle Français mare by Quidam de Revel x Cassini I, executed the shortened track without fault, finishing nearly a second ahead of the pack in 40.97 seconds.
“She’s such a naturally fast horse,” said Springsteen. “If I can just stay on that gallop that she likes, normally she’s just naturally quicker than some of the other horses. I tried to keep it neat and she was so ‘game,’ so I was really happy with her. I’ve had her since she was eight years old, and she’s just such a fighter. I can always call on her, and she always tries her hardest. She really fights for you, especially in these jump-offs. I think she enjoys it so I knew I could give it a go today.”
Tina Allen and Galaxy Take Home the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over Championship
The Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over division had 18 riders competing for the tricolor ribbon in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. After two days of competition, it was Tina Allen and her own Galaxy who earned the championship honors with three second place ribbons and one third.
After taking a break from the show ring due to COVID-19, Allen, of New Canaan, CT, and Galaxy are making a strong comeback. The pair, trained by Brooke Baldwin-De Grazia, was also reserve champion during WEF Premiere Week.
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