Wellington, Fla. – March 18, 2017 – Brazilian Olympian Jose Roberto Reynoso realized his dream after jumping to victory in the $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3* during Week Ten of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Riding Galip, his newly acquired Belgian Warmblood, the pair bested a six-horse jump-off in a time of 35.57 seconds to win at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday night, an accomplishment he was both surprised and thrilled to win.
“I came to Wellington because it was a dream to come from Brazil and compete in such an important event,” said Reynoso. “This is my first time in Wellington and I have only been here one month. I am very, very happy to win. I can’t believe it.”
Watch highlights from Jose Roberto Reynoso’s first round with Galip!
Four horse-and-rider combinations earned double-clear rounds out of the 45 starters on the Michel Vaillancourt-designed course. Eve Jobs (USA), who was competing in her first grand prix under the lights, set the standard on her Selle Français gelding, Tiny Toon Semilly, in the speed round going clear in 37.80 seconds for third place.
“This was my first night class so I was just trying to go for a really nice double-clear,” said Jobs. “I couldn’t be happier with his performance. I got this horse about a month and a half ago and my trainer, Eddie Macken, just told me to enter the class. It’s been going really well and it’s the biggest we’ve jumped to date.”
Reynoso thought he could beat the time set by Jobs, however he was concerned about the rapid riders yet to go, including Olympic silver medalist Kent Farrington (USA).
“I knew that Kent was a really fast rider so I tried to be faster,” said Reynoso. “We bought Galip six months ago and since we bought him he is just growing up and doing really well — better and better — and then today he was just amazing.”
The huge crowd was certain that Farrington and Creedance, owned by Kent and RCG Farm, were on course to beat Reynoso’s time, cheering as they blazed around the course. In the end, the pair missed the mark by less than a second, stopping the timers at 36.23 seconds.
“This was a recovery, I got thrown on my head last week so that wasn’t ideal,” said Farrington. “I thought Creedance jumped great in the WEF [Challenge on Thursday] and I thought he jumped great again tonight. My strategy was good for the jump-off; unfortunately we just got beat today. I think the jump-off suited a longer strided horse and I had to add to the oxer across the middle, that’s why I lost today.
Ranked number one on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American Eastern Sub-League rankings heading into the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, March 29–April 2, Farrington said, “I’m not going to take [Creedance] to the World Cup Finals; I think he is a little too green and I said earlier I only really wanted to go to the finals if I had a contender. At this point, I think he is a ways off from that. He jumped his first 1.60m grand prix last June and to bring him to World Cup Finals indoors with very limited experience I think could do more damage than good.”
Results: $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3*
- Jose Roberto Reynoso (BRA), Galip 0, 0, 35.57
- Kent Farrington (USA), Creedance, 0, 0, 36.23
- Eve Jobs (USA), Tiny Toon Semilly, 0, 0, 37.80
- Roberto Teran, Jr. (COL), Brilliant du Rouet, 0, 0, 38.25
- Lauren Hough (USA), Waterford, 0, 4, 36.651
- Spencer Smith (USA), Rivale du Barquet, 0, 15, 56.659
- Wilhelm Genn (GER), Bugatti, 1, 85.26
- Cara Anthony (USA), Ayma de la Demi Lune, 1, 88.04
- Debbie Stephens (USA), Condor C, 2, 89.45
- Shane Sweetnam (IRL), Main Road, 4, 78.64
- Santiago Lambre (MEX), Aymara des Bergeries, 4, 79.08
- David Arcand (CAN), Hawaii van Paemel, 4, 79.27