Columbus, Ohio – Sept. 29, 2019 – Ali Ramsay of Canada rode Lutz to a blazing win over a large jump-off field to take the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2* at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI2*.
Two weeks of world-class competition at Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio will continue through Sunday, October 6 when the Tour will culminate with the prestigious $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Columbus CSI3*-W Presented by CaptiveOne, a qualifier for next April’s 2020 Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thirteen of the 48 starters in the Grand Prix made it to the jump-off round by riding fault free over the 16-effort, first round course designed by Anderson Lima of Brazil.
First out was Canadian Jim Ifko aboard Celine La Silla who jumped clean but whose time of 35.470 would only hold for two rides when Ramsay and the 10-year-old Westphalian gelding bettered their time by more than a second. The flashy chestnut blazed through the timers in 34.010 to take over the lead.
American Ali Wolff aboard Quirie 2 would come the closest to threatening Ramsay, leaving the jumps up and crossing the finish in a time of 34.260, but it wasn’t enough to win.
“I thought I could do well, though maybe not as good as winning,” an ecstatic Ramsay said. “Especially after watching (Ifko) go, I thought he ripped. I said to myself it would be nice for Canada to be one-two and thought I might be two, but Lutz was real fast.”
Ramsay and Lutz will be staying on to contest week 2 of competition in Columbus, the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Columbus CSI3*-W Presented by CaptiveOne.
David Beisel finished fourth in the grand prix aboard For Sunday, but he also took home $500 and a HorseFlight saddle pad for the Fist Pump Award, a fun prize given to the most enthusiastic competitor, as evidenced by their fist pumps.
Earlier in the day, Niki Martin and Conpardie Z took the top prize in the $5,000 Charleighs Cookies 1.10m Children’s/Adult Final, and Riley Newsome and Luron S Z took home the blue ribbon in the $5,000 HorseFlight 1.40m Junior/Amateur Final.
The second week’s schedule also includes divisions from .85m and up with three FEI rated classes. The FEI classes include the $36,000 Horseflight Speed Cup 1.45m CS13*-W on Thursday, the $40,000 Welcome 1.50m CS13*-W on Friday and the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Columbus CS13*-W Presented by CaptiveOne on Sunday.