Columbus, Ohio – October 5, 2017 – The rain came Thursday to the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 3*, held at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio, but it did not dampen the competitive spirit of the horses and riders.
The feature event of the day, the $35,000 CSI 3* Hollow Creek Farm 1.45 Meter Speed Cup went to Andrew Ramsay, USA, and Cocq A Doodle who turned in a blazing clear round in 60.17 seconds
Cocq A Doddle, known in the barn as ‘Doodles’, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare (Tolan R x Niagara) owned by The Doodle Group, and Ramsay have been partnered for the past year and a half, securing multiple top placing’s across the country.
“She is a fantastic mare,” said Ramsay. “She is a fighter. She gets out there and she is quick, she just looks for the next fence. A really enjoyable horse to ride. She is eager and has plenty of energy. Our plan on the first day was just to let her go a bit, let her get confident, and she really delivered. Her confidence zone is to let her out and let her have some pace and it worked out for us.”
Second place went to Emanuel Andrade, VEN, and Bon Jovi. The pair came close to Ramsay, clear in 60.44 seconds, but not close enough. Third place was Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wylde, USA, with Aimee, owned by Aram Ampagoumian LLC. The pair were clear in 62.1 and held the lead for most of the class until they were bumped from the top of the leaderboard by Ramsay and Andrade.
Marion Scott Head of Brownsboro, AL, rode her Poker Face M to victory in the High 1.40 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class. Twelve horse and rider combinations tested their mettle over the course set by designer Olaf Petersen. Only Head and Eugenio Garza with El Milagro’s Victer Finn DH Z, managed to complete both the power and the speed sections of the track without penalty. Head’s time of 45.842 seconds decisively gave her the win over Garza who finished in 51.874 seconds.
Peter Wylde rode the Oakridge Farm entry Bella Donna for the won in the 1.30 Meter Speed class. This combination finished the course as the only ones with no faults in 71.631, a full three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
The Medium 1.30 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class was decided by 0.007 of a second. The win went to Columbian rider Valentina Rocha and Ina De Laubry. They turned in two clear rounds in a time of 39.877 to take the lead from Cuchica and Nicole Loochtan who also turned in double clears in a time of 39.884 seconds.
As Rocha stood on the podium in the pouring rain listening to the national anthem of Columbia, she was asked if it was worth riding in the rain to get to hear it played for her. Rocha’s answer was clear and heartfelt, “Definitely!”
Olivia Chowdry, Denver, CO, and Douwe, owned by Henri Prudent, walked away with a soggy blue ribbon for their win in the 1.20 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class. The 22-horse.field faced some tremendous downpours during the class, but Chowdry and Douwe were undaunted. They had a faultless round in a time of 36.624 seconds. Second place went to local pair, Boujis and Madeline Dunlap, who hails from New Albany, Ohio.
Granato and Waomi Win at Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 3*
Competition began bright and early Wednesday at the Columbus International CSI 3*, part of the Split Rock Jumping Tour, at Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio.
Alex Granato, Wellington, FL, and Waomi, owned by Amalaya Investments, won the 1.40 Meter Speed class with no faults in a time of 64.908 seconds. They beat a field of 32 horse and rider combinations, of which there were only four other clear rounds over the Olaf Petersen designed course.
Emanuel Andrade continued his winning ways from the Columbus International CSI 2* the week previously, where he either won or placed in every class he entered. Andrade won the 1.30 Meter Jumper speed class aboard Tupac Van De Vrombautshoeve Z, owned by his Hollow Creek Farm.
Always a threat in speed classes, Andrade bested the 77-horse field in the competition with a time of 52.22 seconds without lowering a single rail. Andrade, who is only 21, has already represented his home country of Venezuela in the Olympic Games as an individual rider.
Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, TN, and his Tokaruk Show Stables were very successful on the first day of the SRJT Columbus International CSI 3*, as he took first place in the 1.20 Meter Table II.b class with Tenacious D. The pair were double clear in a winning time of 39.69 seconds.
Tokaruk trains Alex Turner and her Vanrock, who won the 1.10 Meter Table II.b Jumper class, adding her blue ribbon to the tack room display in the barn.