Columbus, OH – September 28, 2017 – Leslie Howard rode her husband Peter Howard’s Gentille Van Spieveld to victory in the $35,000 CSI 2* Hollow Creek Farm 1.45m Welcome Stake at the Split Rock Farm Jumping Tour Columbus International.
The 11-year-old bay gelding was one of ten, out of a starting field of 77, to advance to contest the jump-off over an Alan Wade designed course. Howard was 74th in the original order, and was witness to many before her taking down rails and incurring time penalties, and knew the task ahead. She and Gentille Van Spieveld proved up to the task and posted a clear round to advance to the next round.
While warming up for their jump-off effort, the horse pulled a shoe off and needed the services of the farrier to put the shoe back on, making Howard the last to enter the ring, a position that Howard was able to put to her advantage. Howard had seen every other horse and rider combination complete the course and knew exactly what was necessary to win, and 40.95 seconds later crossed through the timers leaving all the rails intact for the win.
“When we were half way through the class and there were only three clear, you had to think that maybe it was a little harder than it looked,” said Howard after her win. “There were a lot of related distances and options. I got the luck of the draw in the jump off, getting to see most of the other rounds, and then with the lost shoe I really got lucky because I got to see everyone go.
I fell off of this horse at Spruce Meadows in the victory gallop,” continued Howard with a chuckle. “So I am a little bit leery of them but he was good today, maybe because he was at the front of the pack and not at the back. Maybe it will be an incentive for him to keep winning.”
Emanuel Andrade, riding for Venezuela, had two horses in the jump-off, Ricore Courcelle, who finished the course fault free in a time of 41.42 for second place and Reus De La Nutra who also completed without penalty in 42.4, placing fourth.
Third Place honors went to New Zealand Olympic veteran Sharn Wordley and his Caiman Des Sequoias who finished their jump-off round with no penalties in 41.9 seconds.
It was a very successful show day for Theo Genn, Cincinnati, OH, as he piloted Sporty, owned by Victoria Watters, to victory in the Animo 6 Year Old jumper class, then followed that win with another in the Animo 7 Year Old jumpers aboard Firewall, owned by Eduardo Leon. One of the busiest riders on the showgrounds, Genn has 10 mounts showing at the Columbus International for the family’s Rhineland Farm.
“When the young horses do well, like they did today this is a lot of fun,’ said Genn, with an infectious grin. “I am lucky to have a few really nice young horses and really good owners and I think if you want to do this professionally you have to ride and develop the young horses. It costs too much money to just go and buy upper level horses. You can’t just do that if you do this for a living. I get tired by the end of the day but I really enjoy it, I enjoy riding the young horses when they go well just as much as I enjoy the upper level horses. Obviously, I am doing this for the upper level classes. That is what drives you.
I started showing when I was about 14. I just had other interests, I wanted to play football and basketball with my buddies. I knew I wanted to ride for a living but it took me a while to get started. I was always super determined even though I started late, but I had a lot of good opportunities.”
Francesca Bolfo, Chicago, IL, was also a dual class winner, as she guided Jadalco to victory in the 1.40 Meter High Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed and then returned with Celly Negra to win the 1.30 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class.
Alexandra Welles, Long Lake, MN, and her XM were the winners of the 1.20 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class. “The show management here has done such a wonderful job getting this show off the ground,” said Welles after her win.
Prudent and Andrade Speed To Victory at Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Inaugural Columbus International CSI 2*
Adam Prudent, Wellington, FL, started the show off with a win in the 1.30 Meter Speed class, besting a starting field of 105 entries to grab top honors with his mount Douwe, owned by Atlas Equine Holdings, with a clear round in a time of 51.903 seconds. A full second slower, Emanuel Andrade, representing Venezuela, with his Belita, were second in 52.913. Third place went to Alejandro Karolyi also representing Venezuela and Arena Du Pachis ET, owned by Monica Carrera. The pair completed the course designed by Alan Wade in a time of 53.584 seconds.
Emanuel Andrade returned to the winner’s podium as he took first and second place honors in the next class. Andrade took his victory lap for the 1.40 Meter Speed class with his mount, Jenni’s Choice, dripping in swag and a huge smile on his face. Andrade’s winning ride was completed in 58.517 seconds. He was almost two seconds slower with Gran Mamut, owned by Alder International Management Company, who finished the track in 60.245 seconds. Peter Lutz, Goldens Bridge, NY, with Sam 1091, owned by the rider and QBS Equestrian were third in a time of 60.617.
Now in its third year, the SRJT is truly revolutionizing the sport several of show jumping in the U.S. and creating an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” for riders, owners, sponsors and spectators alike. SRJT’s top-notch competitions are again attracting top international riders and some of the biggest names in the sport.
“It’s really exciting that our two Columbus events sold out so quickly and we can’t wait to welcome all the riders to Brave Horse!” said Derek Braun, Founder and President of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. “The support we have been receiving from so
many top riders and the overall interest in our events has been phenomenal and it really speaks volumes about what people think of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. There isn’t one spot left – 430 stalls are sold out for both events and we are looking forward to two weeks of top show jumping competition.”