Andrew Ramsey from USA has arrived with a bang at Thunderbird Show Park. After placing both first and second in Wednesday’s Maui Jim Grand Prix at Thunderbird Show Park he brought it home again in Friday night’s Steel-Craft Doors Speed class.
With a huge field of 59 riders Ramsey was early in the class at ninth in, but he set a time that no one could beat over 50 rounds later. Aboard Cocq a Doodle (Tolan R x Niagara), a 9-year-old KWPN mare, who he also won with on Wednesday, he rode a fast clear round of 63.36 seconds.
Hardin Towell from USA riding Lucifer V (Lord Pezi x Grandeur), a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, came second with a close time of 63.38, only two milliseconds off of Ramsey’s time. Second to last in the ring was Patricio Pasquel from Mexico on Babel (Billy du Lys x High Flyer). Pasquel rode a hard and fast round but just missed those top two spots with a time of 63.96.
There were eighteen clears in the class but many with substantially slower times. Jill Blunt and Udam (Guidam x Capitol I) came fourth with a time of 65.35, followed by Canada’s Ben Asselin on Plume de la Roque (Kannan x Adelfos) with a time of 65.70. Tina Yates finished sixth at 66.43 and Eric Navet seventh.
The course was short with only twelve jumps but it caught many riders with three combinations and a tight turn right off the bat from jump one to two. Riders were really tested to find the gears with their horses as the speed element of the course combined with gallop spots and combinations required quick collection to a big step. The horses’ experience showed as they built momentum throughout the course to get flat and have rails later on in the round.
It was an exciting class and the last time many of these riders will be in the Grand Prix ring before Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup qualifier.
Source: Press release from Thunderbird Show Park // Picture © Moi Photography
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