Conor Swail & Casturano. Photo © Sportfot.
World number five rider Conor Swail (IRL) claimed the final international victory during the second week of the 2023 Spring Series, presented by Florida Coast Equipment, at Equestrian Village in Wellington, FL. He and Casturano stormed to a win in the $146,000 Bainbridge Companies CSI3* Grand Prix. The victory was a special one for the combination, as it was their first FEI grand prix win together.
“He’s an amazing horse, very careful. Today is the biggest that he has jumped, and I thought the class was tough, but the horse really excelled not only today but all week,” said Swail, who took over the ride on Casturano early this year when he was purchased by Mannon Farm.
Although Swail is uncertain what the future holds for Casturano, he is certain the horse will be competitive at whatever level he settles at. “I am pushing him a little bit just to see how he manages with the height. At the minute, he’s giving me all the right answers, going about his job and doing it extremely well. I don’t know how big he’s going to go but I’m hoping he ends up going all the way.”