Nick Skelton captured another big win at the Washington International Horse Show, this time taking home the largest purse with Carlo 273 in the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W presented by Events DC.
Skelton and Carlo 273, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Contender, were the last to go clear in the opening round of 24 entries over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt. First up in the jump-off was Davis on Nemo 119, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Cambridge owned by Old Oak Farm. They had two rails to finish with eight faults in 39.74 seconds for third place. Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey, a 10-year-old Selle Francais stallion by Rosire owned by Remarkable Farms LP, had an unfortunate rail for four faults in 43.00 seconds, but that would hold up for second place. Last to go, Skelton knew that he had to produce a clear jumping round for the win. He took some extra time, but it was enough for victory. He and Carlo 273 stopped the timers in 46.32 seconds with two time faults.
"Actually I don't like those jump offs when there are no clears and you have to go last," Skelton admitted. "You can make a mistake. If they had all been clear, at least you can go in there and go faster, but when you are in that position you have to be careful. I prefer to have other clears, to have to go fast and attack. Also the time was very tight, so I got two time faults. It was a good class. The horse jumped great and I thought the course was fair for the amount of riders that were in it."
Skelton described Carlo as a "very talented horse." He continued, "He is very careful. He has all the jump and he has a great mind. He really wants to do it, so that makes my life easier." Skelton said that Carlo has not shown indoors for a couple of years, but didn't have a problem coming to the WIHS. They have had a great year, Skelton said, "from Wellington to the European Championships." They will continue on the indoor circuit at the Alltech National Horse Show and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
For their victory, Skelton and Carlo 273 were presented with the President of the United States Perpetual Cup. As Leading Jumper Rider, Skelton also won the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy. Skelton was named the Leading International Rider as well.
Final Results: $100,00 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W presented by Events DC
1 NICK SKELTON GBR CARLO 273: 0/2/46.32
2 BRIANNE GOUTAL USA NICE DE PRISSEY: 0/4/43.00
3 LUCY DAVIS USA NEMO 119: 0/8/39.74
4 MARGIE ENGLE USA INDIGO: 0/8/40.41
5 RICHIE MOLONEY IRL SLIEVEANORRA: 4/58.86
6 SCOTT BRASH GBR BON AMI: 4/62.22
7 LAURA KRAUT USA TEIRRA: 4/62.73
8 PAULO SANTANA BRA TALOUBET: 4/62.76
9 SAER COULTER USA VICTORY DA: 5/66.93
10 MARIE HECART FRA MYSELF DE BREVE: 5/67.00
11 LJUBOV KOCHETOVA RUS ROYCE: 5/67.41
12 TODD MINIKUS USA PAVAROTTI: 8/63.98
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Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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