Daniel Kerins and Elwood 13 Capture WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic

Photo: Daniel Kerins and Elwood 13.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 5, 2018 – Daniel Kerins was on a mission to win when he entered the ring aboard Elwood 13 on Sunday morning to compete in the WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic. The pair completed the first round course with no faults, and Kerins visibly became more focused, knowing that he would need a fast jump-off to take his place atop the leaderboard. Kerins piloted the grey gelding through several tight turns and stopped the clock in 30.122 seconds, a time that proved unbeatable and allowed the young man to take home the blue ribbon as well as co-ownership of the entire division. Throughout the week, Kerins and Elwood 13 and Layla Kurbanov on Wamira both consistently accrued top results to share the division championship.

Although Kerins is only 12 years old, he is no stranger to success in the jumper arena. On Elwood 13, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Brian Courance, the young athlete has earned several important wins including the $1,000 Ocala Welcome Children’s Classic in February of this year, the 1.10m jumpers during the fourth week of the Tryon Summer Series, and the Junior Classic last week during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

Kerins comes by his talents in the show ring naturally. Born into a family of equestrians, Kerins father Darragh is a prominent Irish grand prix rider who relocated to the United States and is now based in Wellington, Florida. He has represented Ireland in two European Championships and the 2009 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Nevada, as well as in many Nations Cup competitions. Sarah Kerins, Daniel’s mother, is also a very competitive adult rider who earlier in the week won the Low Amateur Jumpers in the Rolex Stadium.

Emily Aitken and Zabelle S were the runners-up in Sunday’s WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic with a competitive jump-off time of 30.170 seconds. Aubade Va and Sarah Steadman rounded out the top three spots with a double clear effort and speedy jump-off time of 30.233 seconds.

In the WISH/NAL Adult Jumper Classic, it was Caroline Donnally and her own Reve Du Razzy who took home the blue ribbon with a double clear effort and a short course time of 30.233 seconds. Donnally has been partnered with the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding for two years and was thrilled with his performance, as it marks his return to competition after an injury and illness. Vicki Lowell rode Phineas to the second place honors with a double clear effort and jump-off time of 30.733 seconds, followed by Megan Davis and Dean in third position, clocking a time of 31.551 seconds after their double clear ride.

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The Next Generation of Superstars Emerge at Ermelo

The fabulous black stallion, Glamourdale, won the Seven-Year-Old Final for Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry at the Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championships 2018 in Ermelo (NED). (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

The Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses 2018 certainly didn’t disappoint as 22,000 visitors from all across the globe enjoyed five days of spectacular sport. This was the third time for the event to take place in Ermelo (NED), and a total of 180 horses from 19 studbooks lined out in the three age categories. The Westphalian stallion, Revolution, claimed the Five-Year-Old title, the Hannoverian, d’Avie, topped the Six-Year-Olds and the KWPN, Glamourdale, clinched pole position in the Seven-Year-Old division. And as the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Aat Both, pointed out, “The overall quality was formidable!”

Five-Year-Olds

Winner of the first qualifying competition, Revolution (Rocky Lee x Rouletto) earned a massive 9.62 points and posted two perfect-10 scores in the Final. Ground Jury member Maria Colliander described him as “a rockstar, a powerhouse” after he pinned the Hannoverian stallion, Destacado (Desperados x Londonderry) ridden by Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath, into runner-up spot and and the Oldenburg mare, Candy OLD (Sir Donnerhall x Furst Heinrich) with Rath’s compatriot Eva Moller on board into third.

Revolution’s Danish rider, Andreas Helgstrand (41), was very proud of his rising star.

“I always say that all of our horses are for sale, but this one is special to me. What else can you wish for? He has such a nice character; it is out of this world! I previously owned the triple world champion Sezuan, but I think Revolution is even more complete!” — Andreas Helgstrand (DEN)

Seven-Year-Olds

The medals for the oldest category of horses were next to be decided, and the four that were heading the leaderboard going into the finale remained at the top, but not in the same order. Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro) was in third as the day began and the powerful black stallion proved to be the show-stealer, also picking up a 10 for his fantastic canter.

Posting a mark of 87.050 for British rider Charlotte Fry (22) he was almost three percentage points clear of the KWPN stallion Governor-Str and Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen who were taking their second silver medal in 12 months, while Norway’s isabel Freese steered the Hannoverian, Fuersten-Look (Furstenball x Londonderry), into bronze. The latter was the leading pair as the day began, but a mistake in the last line of their test cost them dearly.

“I have never experienced anything like this. I can’t believe it! I am so thankful that I get to ride such a good horse!” — Charlotte Fry (GBR)

Six-Year-Olds

Last but not least to take their places on the podium was the six-year-old contingent and it was a special moment for Spanish rider Severo Jurado Lopez when he collected his fourth gold medal and his third in succession at Ermelo. That meant he also claimed his third Longines watch.

His Hannoverian chestnut d’Avie (Don Juan de Hus x Londonderry) collected 9.26 points to finish just ahead of Germany’s Laura Strobel with the Rheinlander Villeneuve (Vitalis x Dancier), while bronze went to Dutch rider Dinja van Liere with the KWPN Hermes (Easy Game x Flemmingh) who scored 8.78. “D’Avie is a superb horse with a bright future ahead!” said judge Isobel Wessels.

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Samantha Kasowitz & Charlie First in the Modified Grand Prix

Samantha Kasowitz & Charlie. Credit Tom von Kap-herr.

Bromont, August 3, 2018 – American rider Samantha Kasowitz won the Modified Grand Prix event with Charlie in the second week of the International Bromont.

A convolute course
The course, designed by Canadian Michel Vaillancourt, meant that the rider-horse pairs had to use the entire ring: with a time allowed of 78 seconds, 13 obstacles for 15 efforts, time was a factor in this Modified Grand Prix at 1.45 m.

The short turn towards the third obstacle, an oxer, as well the triple combination halfway through were two decisive tests for qualifying to the jump-off. Of the 21 pairs participating, only seven made it to the second round, and only three were able to execute a double clear round.

Canadian Equestrian Team Medal: Nyah Chernoff wins it
10 riders took part in the Canadian Equestrian Team Medal class which ended activities in the International ring. Rider Nyah Chernoff, on her mount Coco, won the red ribbon.

About International Bromont
International Bromont presents its 43rd edition in the picturesque setting of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, at the heart of the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships. For more information on the schedule, visit our Web site at www.internationalbromont.org.

Sydney Shulman Saves Best for Last in $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

Photo: Sydney Shulman on Villamoura.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 4, 2018 – Sydney Shulman was one of nine horse-and-athlete combinations to re-enter the Rolex Stadium on Saturday night under the lights for the jump-off of the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by GGT Footings. Jump-off rider extraordinaire Aaron Vale had set a blistering pace in 37.390 seconds, and although Alex Granato and David Oberkircher had beaten his time, they could not complete the short course fault-free. Enter Shulman on Villamoura as the last combination to challenge Vale. She not only beat his time but beat it by over one second to stop the clock in 36.190 seconds, simultaneously winning the week’s feature class and taking home Leading Rider Award, presented by Envisian Products, LLC.

Saturday’s class was the culmination of a week of exciting open jumper competition during the Kentucky Summer Classic. The 13-obstacle track, designed by Brazilian Anderson Lima, saw nine riders return for the jump-off after an original field of 32 starters competed. Jimmy Torano, who was second in the order-of-go on Ilan Feder’s Glasgow de Muze, set the standard with an early fault-free round hoping for a repeat of his win on Saturday at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Granto and Scott Keach, who both showed multiple horses, produced two clear rounds each and were followed by equally competitive Vale on Major. Callie Schott and Shulman qualified with one horse each and knew they would have to bring their A game to beat the boys.

Shulman and Villamoura have been partners for almost a year and have racked up multiple important national and FEI top placings. The young professional from Greenwich, Connecticut, recently finished second in the $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI2* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in June as well as finishing with runner-up honors in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2* during the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. The pair was also fourth in the Kentucky Summer Horse Show’s $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix during Hats Off Day. Although the 9-year-old Selle Français mare is small in stature, Shulman has seemingly had no issue channeling her energy to help her keep up with larger horses. The pair stuck to their plan and bested Vale with neat turns and forward lines.

Due to her strong performance during this week’s Kentucky Summer Classic, Shulman was also awarded the Leading Rider Award, presented by Envisian Products, LLC, which recognizes the open jumper rider with the most points at the conclusion of the week’s competition.

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International Jumping of Dinard, Conclusion

McLain Ward and Clinta (Photo: E. Knoll)

This 2018 edition of the International Jumping of Dinard, confirmed once again its well-deserved reputation of most beautiful competition in the country. Exceptional site, flawless organization, and top level sport delighted as usual some of the best riders of the planet as well as a faithful and enthusiastic public.

CSI 5*: Rolex Grand Prix of Dinard

The four days of the International Jumping of Dinard 2018 came to a conclusion in the best possible way with the Rolex Grand Prix, over a 1m60 course. 35 pairs were on the start list for the initial round, but only 7 were invited to compete in the final phase against the clock on a reduced course.

Cheered by well deserve applause, the American McLain Ward, riding his fantastic grey mare Clinta, writes his name on the record of this top level class with a clear round in a time of 46’’14. For his first time in Dinard, the rider was ecstatic. « I am very excited; it’s a beautiful event. I was a bit lucky since the other riders made some mistakes. I have been riding Clinta since March; it’s the second 5* competition she is in, and the 4th Grand Prix she wins. I am very grateful to her and her owner and my whole team. »

The 2nd place goes to Henrik Von Eckermann, associated to Mary Lou 194, after a clear round completed in 46’’89. The Swedish rider, who was in Dinard for the first time as well, said, « It is a fantastic show. I am really happy I could come here. I hope they give me an invitation for next year as well, because I really enjoyed it. I am also happy with my horse. I did a little mistake between one and two in the jump off, but I take responsibility for it. »

The French rider Nicolas Delmotte, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix 2017, shines this year again, and takes 3rd place with his partner Ilex VP, after a beautiful double clear round in the top level competition, in a time of 47’’15. The French rider declared he was really happy about his horse, who likes this stadium. « I am pleased and proud to be in this jump-off with the best riders in the world. I would like to congratulate the course designers, both in the 3* and the 5*, the organization we hardly see anywhere else, and the public. Once in the arena, we can really feel their support. It’s for sure one of the most fantastic shows in the world. I already thought that way when it was only a 2* label. »

CSI 3*: Well Done Julien!

The CSI 3* ended up with the l’Eperon/Charles de Cazanove Grand Prix, over a 1m50 course. Out of 43 pairs on the start list, only 9 came back for the decisive jump-off against the clock. Victory goes to the French Julien Gonin, riding Well Done, in a time of 41’’76, ahead of the very experienced Swiss Beat Mändli in command of Dibatsja (42’’59) and the Belgian Gudrun Patteet associated to Sea Coast Kira (43’’36).

CSI 1*: The podium for France

Last class of this 2018 edition as well for the 17 riders of the CSI1*, supported by the Laiterie de Montaigu, over a 1m40 course. Only 7 of them are qualified for the jump-off. The French rider Ninon Decaqueray clinches victory with Tilda de Mars while the Egyptian rider Mohamed Nadim places 2nd with Colour Girl, ahead of the French Kiliann Nicolas and Vol’ovent de la Serre.

Complete results on https://www.worldsporttiming.com/results/jumping-international-de-dinard-2018-199/schedule.html.

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Ali Ramsay & Hermelien VD Hooghoeve Shine in Bromont

Ali Ramsay & Hermelien VD Hooghoeve. Credit Tom von kap-Herr.

Bromont, August 3, 2018 – Ali Ramsay (CAN) and Hermelien VD Hooghoeve stayed in the lead in the FEI Assante Classic this Friday at the International Bromont.

5 Canadians in the Top 10
28 rider-horse pairs took part in the fifth FEI event of the two weeks of competition at the International Bromont. Ten would make it to the jump-off, including Ali Ramsay who won the Welcome Opening event of the first week last year at the International Bromont.

Ali Ramsay and her mare Hermelien VD Hooghoeve (Tangelo Van de Zuuthoeve x Djakarta) had the edge right from the start: the first round: second pair on the course, they execute the first clear round. We have to wait until Mario Deslauriers on Amsterdam 27, seventh pair on the course, to ensure a jump-off. Mario Deslauriers also qualifies for the second round with Bardolina 2. They are joined by Susan Horn (CAN) & Lilly Fee, Jonathan McCrea (USA) & Aristoteles V, Fernando Martinez Sommer (MEX) & Cor Bakker, Leslie Howard (USA) & Donna Speciale, Lisa Carlsen (CAN) & Malbec, Cormac Hanley (IRL) & Copain Z as well as Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) & DHI Zulu.

Of the 10 pairs qualified for the jump-off, nine will finally take the course. First to come back, Ramsay and Hermelien again establish the time to beat with a perfect round in 34.64 seconds. They stay on top of the final standings, and are joined by Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) and DHI Zulu (2e position) as well as Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Aristoteles V (3e position) in the Top 3.

About International Bromont
International Bromont presents its 43rd edition in the picturesque setting of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, at the heart of the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships. For more information on the schedule, visit our Web site at www.internationalbromont.org.

Sarah Kerins and Entertainer V Top Low A-O/Junior Jumpers at Kentucky Summer Classic

Photo: Sarah Kerins and Entertainer V.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 3, 2018 – Sarah Kerins and Entertainer V were unstoppable in the Low Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper division Friday afternoon during the Kentucky Summer Classic. The pair completed the power and speed course with no faults and in a blistering time of 27.220 seconds, which clocked in at a half of a second fast than runner-up Alexandra Davidson on Elle. The incredibly competitive class featured 40 horse-and-rider combinations over a course designed by Anderson Lima of Brazil.

Friday’s class was formatted as a single round power and speed course, where faults would be converted into additional time against the clock at the end of the trip. Listed in the middle of the order of go, Kerins and Entertainer V easily sped past the original fastest combination and maintained the lead with ease. Davidson and her own Elle claimed the reserve place with a time of 27.594 seconds, trailed by owner-rider Shanna Beyer aboard Invictus with a time of 28.163 seconds to round out the top three.

Kerins took over the ride on Entertainer V from her husband, Irish grand prix rider Darragh Kerins, after the conclusion of the winter show season in Wellington, Florida. In their short time together, the pair has already racked up multiple top placings in the Amateur-Owner Low Jumpers at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, as well as at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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Top Level Sport in Dinard

Kevin Staut (FRA) and Silver II de Virton HDC. (Photo: Pixels events)

Sports fans had something to celebrate this Friday at Jumping International Dinard. With 8 events on the program of different levels, the public of the Val Porée equestrian stadium vibrated to the rhythm of riders’ and horses’ performances.

CSI 5*: Kevin Staut’s lesson in the Suez class

39 pairs were on the startlist of this Suez Grand Prix designed by Jean-François Morand over 1m55 fences, which was a preparation for Sunday Rolex Grand Prix of Dinard. Kevin Staut clinches victory with style.

Sixth to go, Kevin Staut, team Olympic champion 2016, completed an amazing ride in perfect harmony with Silver II de Virton HDC, his 12 year old chestnut gelding, by Kashmir Van Schuttershof.

If 11 riders managed to clear the course, Kevin and Silver stop the clock at 79’’32, and will remain below 80’’ for the rest of the class. Obviously happy, Kevin declared, “When you are at the beginning of the start list, you never know which is the right strategy, but that kind of showground suits him very well. Besides, Jean-François Morand designed a very fluid course; he knows the Val Porée stadium perfectly; it was very pleasant to ride. Dinard’s arena allows big horses to express themselves, while sometimes they might be frustrated in more reduced spaces. Silver started with Olivier Guillon. I have been riding him for two and a half year, mainly in Nations Cups, so he hardly competes in speed classes, but this winter, he won a big class against the clock in Doha, and came second in a jump-off with 10 pairs in Zürich. He performs better and better.”

The second position goes to the British Laura Renwick, riding Bintang, who clears in 81’’32. The double winner of the Derby Tropicana of Dinard (2015 and 2016) was smiling. “He was unlucky yesterday, but today he jumped very well. He will compete in the Grand Prix on Sunday.” The podium of this Suez class is completed by the German rider Hans Dieter Dreher, riding his faithful 17 year old stallion, Embassy, in a time of 81’’56. The rider said he was really pleased with his partner for the past eight years he is trying hard to spare. “Dinard is only his 5th show this season; he will compete in Valence. I try to be very careful. I love him too much.”

Eight pairs out of 39 were eliminated or decided to retire, probably to focus on Sunday Rolex Grand Prix of Dinard.

CSI YH 7 year old: Belgium on top

Fifty three 7 year old horses were competing in the second leg of their competition supported by the Haras des M. 19 cleared the 1m35 course, but to win, the rule was also to sign the best time. The Belgian rider Gudrun Patteet associated to her mare born in Luxembourg, Crystal de Lau (E.T), managed to beat everybody in a time of 64’’94. Her fellow citizen, Grégory Wathelet, riding the Holsteiner stallion Carleyle, places immediately behind with a time of 64’’99. The 3rd place goes, with a time of 66’’79, to the French rider Pénélope Leprevost and her Selle Français mare Big Star des Forêts (Untouchable M).

Hats off to the ten French who place in the Top 10, among which Philippe Rozier and his impressive grey BWP stallion Lecoultre de Muze (4th), Margaux Rocuet/Babar de Bussy (5th), the rider from Britanny Arthur le Vot/Baccardi de B’Néville (6th), Nicolas Delmotte/Byzance de Vains (8th), Timothée Anciaume/Beguin de B’Néville (9th), and Julien Gonin/Belle Dame du Pratel (10th).

CSI 1*: They had to be quick!

On that second day of competition, the riders registered in the CSI 1* label had a double chance to shine, provided they were fast enough, since the two classes on the program were timed against the clock.

In the Institut Esthederm class, over a 1m15 course, the French Jade Pichard clinches victory, associated to Vegas Flamingo, in a time of 73’’44, but her fellow citizen Noémie de Baumais stands right on her heels with Ardoise de Gruilly in 73’’66. The third step of the podium is occupied by the Swiss Clara Best who clears the course with Bella de Preuilly Z in 77’’23. The Top 10 of this class is exclusively feminine.

In the Le Sabotier class, conducted right after the previous class over a 10cm higher course, Chloé de Ponnat has the Marseillaise played in the stadium after riding one of the 17 clear rounds of the class in a time of 68’’7 associated to Time Out (NL). With almost two more seconds (70’’65), her main opponent for the day, Axelle Moro, riding Asse du Beaumenil, clinches 2nd position, and places in front of the Mexican Patricio Pasquel Poo associated to Arcange de l’Arc, who crosses the finish line in 71’’57.

The third day of this 2018 International Jumping of Dinard will start with the Royal Emeraude class, over 1m35. The Institut Esthederm Grand Prix, support of the 1m15 final with a jump-off, will follow, and the last competition of the day in this category, over 1m25, will be held in the Grand Hôtel Barrière Grand Prix. The riders will give their very best to shine, since the winner will be generously rewarded.

Complete results on https://www.worldsporttiming.com/results/jumping-international-de-dinard-2018-199/schedule.html.

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Lucy Deslauriers Wins Again in Bromont

Lucy Deslauriers & Kaspara. Credit Tom von kap-Herr.

Bromont, August 2, 2018 – American rider Lucy Deslauriers has once again taken victory at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park with Kaspara in the FEI opening event in the second week of the International Bromont.

A long and demanding course
Course designer Michel Vaillancourt offered a long and demanding course for this opening event: with 13 obstacles for 16 efforts, including a double and a triple combination, athletes had to be precise when approaching the obstacles.

The slalom course covered a long distance and forced the athletes to play on the amplitude of the stride while manoeuvring with skills all turns to for optimal impulsion and balance of the horse. Of the 35 rider-horse pairs registered, twelve qualified for the jump-off, including Canadian Lisa Carlsen, Julia Madigan, Susan Horn, and Mac Cone, American Jennifer Kocher, Leslie Howard, Catherine Tyree, and Lucy Deslauriers, as well as Cormac Hanley (IRL), Fernando Martinez Sommer (MEX), and Maria Victoria Perez (PUR).

First out on the jump-off course, Catherine Tyree and Catungee clock in the time to beat in the second round with a double clear in 37.68 seconds. Nobody seems able to equal them. Cormac Hanley with Copain Z tries to cut the distance going to the 15th obstacle and while getting a better time, a bar on the ground puts them behind Lisa Carlsen/Malbec, Julia Madigan/Farfelu du Printemps, & Mac Cone/Zaia di San Giovanni

In it to win it
Last on the course with Kaspara, a Swedish half-blood mare, young rider Lucy Deslauriers, 19 years old and twice a winner last week at the International Bromont with her other mount Hester, fights for victory. Lucy Deslauriers shows how well she masters the sport and takes advantage of Kaspara’s (Hip Hop x Siden) qualities, a very fast and agile mare, executing a double clear round in a record time of 35.37 seconds, thus ensuring a third consecutive victory in the international events of the Bromont competitions.

About International Bromont
International Bromont presents its 43rd edition in the picturesque setting of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, at the heart of the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships. For more information on the schedule, visit our Web site at www.internationalbromont.org.

Lorcan Gallagher Dominates $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

Photo: Lorcan Gallagher and Hunters Conlypso II.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 2, 2018 – The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic proved to be a challenge for almost everyone except Ireland’s Lorcan Gallagher, who produced two of the only four clear rounds out of a starting field of 53 horse-and-athlete combinations on Thursday evening. Gallagher, who was ninth in the original order-of-go, produced the first clear round of the night on Hunters Conlypso II. There was not another clear round until he returned to the ring on Charlie. Facing off against veterans Todd Minikus and Alison Robitaille, Lorcan produced the fastest double-clear round on Hunters Conlypso II, stopping the clock in 42.139 seconds. Robitaille and Ace were hot on his heels with a double-clear ride that finished in 42.465 seconds. Gallagher was third on his second mount, while Minikus placed fourth with two unlucky rails over the short course.

Gallagher took over the ride on Hunters Conlypso II one year ago and their mutual trust in one another proved to be what made the difference in Thursday’s class. Owned by the Dacantos Group of Wellington, Florida, the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion masterfully maneuvered through all of the challenges that were presented by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima. Gallagher drew heavily on some of their past grand prix performances to produce the early clear in the first round, which held fast until Gallagher returned on Charlie. The crowd in the stands of the Rolex Stadium cheered as Gallagher and Charlie crossed the timers fault-free next in an unlikely but exciting turn of events.

Show Jumping veteran, Minikus, used the second of his two rides, Excel, owned by Autumn View Farm, to help ensure the crowd a jump-off. Another American favorite, Robitaille, piloted her own Ace to make it not only an incredibly competitive jump-off but also a battle of men versus women.

Gallagher returned to the jump-off with an intent to secure the lead with a competitive pace, which he did in spades. Although horses and riders are supposed to return to the ring for the jump-off in the order in which they competed in the first round, Gallagher was lucky that Robitaille stepped up to go second in the jump-off, allowing the Irishman time to prepare Charlie after his lightning fast round on Hunters Conlypso II. Although Ace gave it his all, the pair finished in a close second place. Charlie, who Gallagher has only recently started riding, secured third place and Minikus, who is always up for a good jump-off, had two unlucky rails to finish in fourth place.

Thursday’s first and third place finishes will comfortably seat Gallagher atop the leaderboard in the Hagyard Challenge Series with 550 points, ahead of fellow Irishman Darragh Kenny who has 470 points. The series consists of seven grand prix classes, where, following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the athlete who accumulates the most points throughout the summer competition. With series leading riders spread out across the country, the race for the bonus is still incredibly close.

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