Lexington, KY – May 28, 2017 – Eve Jobs and Charleville claimed her first Grand Prix win as she beat a field of 38 International riders and horses in the $130,000 CSI 3* Grand Prix presented by Split Rock Farm and Ashland Stables during the Lexington International CSI 3*, part of the Split Rock Jumping Tour.
Jobs (USA), 18 years old, was the second rider to enter the ring for the jump-off, over a very testing course by Olympic designer Guilherme Jorge. She put her leg on the 10-year-old gelding and he exploded into action. Charleville had no trouble handling the tight turn to an imposing black wall, that proved to be the nemesis of a few good pairs, and sped through the timers in 41.09 seconds.
Roberto Teran Jr. and Il Rubicouri, representing Colombia, were the only other combination that would manage to complete the shortened course fault free, but their completion time of 42.38 was well above that turned in by Jobs. Three time Olympian and former World Show Jumping Champion Eric Navet and Basimodo had been having a brilliant week, but their luck came to an end at the double combination as Basimodo, who had the winning time, 40.72, had the first element down for four faults.
“This is my first Grand Prix win so I’m over the moon,” said Jobs. “The horse was so good! I have an amazing team behind me and could not have asked for a better day. To have your first win be at this level, I am so excited. Gong second in such a big class, I was just concentrating on a good first fence, a good pace and tight turns, and I know that my horse is really fast across the ground so I was just trying to go as fast as I could and leave the jumps up. I definitely thought someone could beat me to the last fence, but the horse is really fast so I knew I would be up there in the ribbons. But I also knew that I had some insanely fast riders behind me.
“I have watched Eric Navet for years, he has always been someone I looked up to, he rides so beautifully and Roberto Teran I watched at the Horse Park all last week and he is unbelievable. So to stand on the winner’s podium with them is amazing.
“I leave in a week for Europe and I hope to jump some good rounds over there and keep building up with my two horses. They are phenomenal. This is such an amazing facility, I am so lucky to be here. I could not have asked for a better set up or a better send off for my trip to Europe.”
Jobs was also presented the Sophie Coppedge Walker Perpetual Trophy. This trophy was created in memory of Sophie Coppedge Walker, and is given to the winner of the $130,000 CSI 3* Grand Prix presented by Split Rock Farm and Ashland Stables, allowing Sophie’s gracious, kind and generous spirit to live on.
Ansgar Holtgers Jr. won the highly coveted Fist Pump Award, sponsored by Firstflight, with his enthusiastic and athletic rendition. The 12-year-old is going to put the $500 in prize money to good use. He plans to spend it on his horses for things that they need.