Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11 - owned by G&C Farm of Wellington - captured the top prize in Saturday's $40,000 2* Surpass Grand Prix at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.
There were 41 entries in the grand prix, and 12 were able to keep all of the jumps up to advance to the jump-off.
Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11 set the time to beat with a clear round in 39.87 seconds. The mare, which jumps in a hackamore, kept the pedal to the metal throughout and was very efficient through the turns for the win.
"I was early in the jump-off," Barrios recalled, "and there were no clears, so I tried to set a fast time, put a little pressure on, and see what happened with the rest of class. My mare is very fast. I did the strides everywhere so I did not take any risk and it went well. I knew McLain would be fast, but (my horse) is very fast and even when she doesn't go fast, she still does well.”
McLain Ward (USA) and Rothchild were the next to go clear and they were just off the pace in 40.18 seconds to finish in second place. "He feels great. He jumped really well last week, and he was beautiful tonight," Ward said of Rothchild. "He had a very nice, long rest after indoors, which was well needed. I was maybe a little conservative. Maybe I could have done one less in the line to the double; the seven might have been there. If I left it out, I could have had it down. If I had to do it again, I'd probably do the same. Pablo did well, and he has a very fast horse. He was hard to beat."
Schuyler Riley and Lapacco finished in third place.
For more information got to www.equestriansport.com
Source: Press release from equestriansport.com by Jennifer Wood.
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