Darien, Conn. – June 13, 2019 – Thursday afternoon at the 88th Annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, welcomed top horse-and-athlete combinations into the jumper ring for the $5,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by BMW of Darien, to conclude a day of diverse jumper competition. Riding two mares of his local Beyaert Farm, Mattias Tromp highlighted the class to capture a one-two finish aboard Eyecatcher and Manhattan, respectively.
As the first to challenge Philip J. DeVita’s 13-effort 1.40m track, Tromp of North Salem, NY, and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Eyecatcher, set the early pace with a clear round to return for the immediate jump-off. The pair produced an additional clear finish across the abridged 7-effort course in a swift time of 34.440 seconds, setting the pace.
Jazz Johnson Merton rode her own Corona SB to the next clear first round, followed by Vasco Flores aboard SHL Farm’s Dubai, but both pairs fell victim to the final rail in the second round to finish on four faults. Directly after Flores, Gigi Moynihan entered the ring to produce a clear first round with Christy Johnson’s Blixten. The pair contested Tromp’s leading jump-off time with a clear effort, but fell short finishing in 38.051 seconds.
Still slated in the top position, Tromp returned as the second-to-last in the order with his 7-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Manhattan, looking to maintain his reign. Although it was the mare’s first 1.40m competition, the pair mirrored Tromp’s earlier double-clear performance, but his time with Manhattan of 36.151 seconds would be off the pace to garner him the second place award. Ultimately, Moynihan and Blixten would capture the third place finish, with Flores following in fourth in the saddle aboard Dubai and Johnson Merton and Corona SB rounding out the top five.
Preceding the awards presentation for the welcome stake, the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show was presented with a certificate of recognition as a US Equestrian Heritage Competition by Frank Madden. This designation is reserved for competitions that have been established for a long period of time and have made substantial contributions toward the development and promotion of the sport within the broader community by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition.
Jumper competition will return Friday to the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show to highlight the $5,000 Jumper Classic, sponsored by Darien Grill, set to begin at 4 p.m., and the week will highlight the $50,000 Ox Ridge Hunt Club Grand Prix, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, on Saturday, June 15.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Mattias Tromp – $5,000 Welcome Stake winner and second place
“Eyecatcher is a horse that I show at a lot of FEI events and I do in some bigger classes, so for me this was a nice opportunity to bring her from an international level down to a regional level for the week to continue her training.”
“Manhattan is a 7-year-old that we bred at home ourselves by Cardento. This was her first 1.40m class so we’re planning to do the grand prix on Saturday with both of them. I don’t show my young horses very much in general. I like to leave them a little bit underexposed because I think it leaves a more quality horse at the end of their development. She went through the 6- and 7-year-old [young jumper classes] this spring and she did a few 1.35m classes in Florida. This is just part of her education to step up and hopefully do some bigger grand prix classes in the future.”
On the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show:
“This is a beautiful venue. They recently just put a lot money into all of the upgrades and amenities that they have here and I think it really shows. I think this is a great horse show for people to come travel and show at.”
For more information, please visit oxridge.com/horse-shows.