Margie Engle riding Indigo (by Indoctro) won the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix de Penn National at the 66th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show's on Saturday evening. With this victory, Engle added yet another win to her impressive resume of 196 Grand Prix career wins, yet this is the first time she ever won the Grand Prix de Penn National.
"It's great winning here. This one has always eluded me," said Engle. "I've been second five or six times and third a bunch, but this is the first time I won this one. It's really nice to be able to do well here."
The incredibly technical course by Steve Stephens proved to be too much of a challenge for the majority of riders. Five countries were represented in the field of 28 competitors, but it was three American riders who bested the course and made the jump-off. Beezie Madden, Mario Deslauriers and Engle were the only three riders to go clean in the first round.
Jumping third in the jump-off she rode clear with a time of 36.74 seconds and there was no question Engle had this one in the bank. Deslauriers rode second on Cella (by Cento) in the jump-off and was only a second behind Engle's time with 37.64 seconds and Madden on Cortes C (by Randel Z) dropped a rail for four faults with a jump-off time of 36.87 and third place.
"I had the advantage of going at the end, which is always beneficial" said Engle. "He's has always been a consistent horse for me. He is a really good horse indoors. He's very compact and makes his own impulsion, so it makes him very easy to ride inside." Deslauriers thought that he might have ridden a little too carefully in the jump-off. "My horse was quick enough, we just took one too many strides," said Deslauriers. "I am happy though, my horse jumped beautifully all week and I am very happy with her."
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Source: Press release from panational.org
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