Hot off an appearance for Team USA in Friday night's $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm, Brianne Goutal jumped to victory in the first class bright and early Saturday morning in the $34,000 G&C Farm CSIO 1.45m Jumper Classic. Riding Remarkable Farms LP's Wirma, Goutal completed the fastest of five clear rounds over Steve Stephens speed track to win out of 27 entries.
Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and T&L NV's Elky van het Indihof finished second in 63.41 seconds. Great Britain's Tim Gredley and Unex Omega Star placed third in 63.43 seconds, and USA's McLain Ward finished fourth with Zander in 64.05 seconds. The final clear round came from Germany's Daniel Deusser aboard Stephex Stables' Fyloe v/h Claeyssenhof in 71.80 seconds to place fifth.
Goutal has had Wirma, an eleven-year-old KWPN mare (Hors La Loi III x Lux) for almost two years and has seen tremendous growth in the horse's performance. "She was very, very green when I got her, but always a very stylish jumper," Goutal described. "She has really come a long way. She is very small and she has a big jump, so she I think took some time to really grow into her jump and her body and everything. Now she is getting faster and faster and jumping better and better, so I am very pleased with the result."
The pair had a very smooth speed round for Saturday's win, and Goutal praised Steve Stephens on his track. "It all came up as planned," the rider noted. "That is always the best when you go into the speed round and you have a plan and everything shows itself; most of the time that doesn't happen. She was riding really well, very responsive both to my hand and leg, and from the first jump she was really on the run. She jumped great."
"It was a nice course," she added. "Steve is good with the speed courses. They are very American in style. They are very open and there is a lot of galloping, but then just when you have gotten flat, all of a sudden there is a tight turn or something that you have to be very careful for. My horse handled it very well."
Final Results: $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m CSIO
1. WIRMA: 2003 KWPN mare by Hors La Loi III x Lux BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/62.96
2. ELKY VAN HET INDIHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Thunder van de Zuuthoeve LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), T & L NV: 0/63.41
3. UNEX OMEGA STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/63.43
4. ZANDER: 2004 KWPN gelding Cantos x Saygon MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/64.05
5. FYLOE VH CLAEYSSENHOF: 2005 BWP gelding by Burggraaf x Hearbreaker DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/71.80
6. QUIN CHIN: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Quantum x Capione JUAN CARLOS FRANCO (MEX), Juan Carlos Franco: 1/77.56
7. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak & Spy Coast Farms: 4/65.35
8. OKAY DE KENS: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Hockey Bleus x Quandy du Mayne ALEXANDRA PAILLOT (FRA), Alexandra Paillot: 4/65.48
9. SHORAPUR: 2005 Hanoverian mare by Stakkato Gold x Drosselklang II KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Shorapur LLC: 4/65.50
10. CHECKMATE 4: 1995 Hanoverian gelding by Contender x Pik Bube II MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), Octavia Farms LLC: 4/66.93
11. PROVIDENCE 3: 2005 Hanoverian stallion by Provider x Rabino EUGENIO GARZA (MEX), El Milagro: 4/67.91
12. ECKHAM VAN HET STEENTJE: 2004 BWP gelding by Berlin x Kannan MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 4/68.94
Source: Press release from Equestrian Sport Productions
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