Fifty-eight entries showed in Friday's $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge with twelve clear rounds over the Richard Jeffery designed course. Peru's Michelle Navarro-Grau had the fastest clear round in 62.493 seconds aboard her eleven-year-old gelding Tibetano to earn the top prize.
Darragh Kenny and Sandor De La Pomme, owned by The Wannahave Group, finished second in 63.815 seconds. Lillie Keenan and Chansonette Farm LLC's Vanhattan were third with their time of 65.806 seconds. Saer Coulter and April, owned by Copernicus Stables, finished fourth in 67.827 seconds.
Michelle Navarro-Grau is based in Lima, Peru, and has spent her winters in Wellington for the past eight years. "I come every winter here for the season," the rider stated. "The show is so good and I love it here. It is so peaceful, so different from Peru. I think it is fun and it is the place to be if you have horses."
Navarro-Grau purchased her horse Tibetano in Argentina when he was young. Tibetano was born in Belgium, sired by Darco. "He is eleven years old and he is mine since he was three, so I have had him a long time," she reflected. "We have been together eight years now and he is a super horse."The pair recently jumped for Peru in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and also competes in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the 1.50m Jumpers.
On today's class, Navarro-Grau explained, "I think there are two types that show in this class. You either come to school or you come to try to win. Today we tried to win and we did it. The course was very nice; very easy going. The designer did a really good job and made it really smooth for the speed class. It was fun."
Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge
1. TIBETANO, MICHELLE NAVARRO-GRAU, MICHELLE NAVARRO-GRAU: 0/62.493
2. SANDOR DE LA POMME, DARRAGH KENNY, THE WANNAHAVE GROUP: 0/63.815
3. VANHATTAN, LILLIE KEENAN, CHANSONETTE FARM LLC: 0/65.806
4. APRIL, SAER COULTER, COPERNICUS STABLES: 0/67.827
5. VAILLANT S, LAUREN TISBO, TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC: 0/68.589
6. THE MAN TO SEE, JAMES NORTH, FAIR PLAY FARM: 0/69.468
7. HH CABALERO, QUENTIN JUDGE, DOUBLE H FARM: 0/69.873
8. VALENTINO, HARRISON SHURE, HARRISON SHURE: 0/70.233
9. BOLIVAR, GEMMA PATERNOSTER, ALEJANDRO BARRERO: 0/73.430
10. TOSCANE, HENRIK GUNDERSEN, EMILIE MARTINSEN: 0/75.207
11. CARRABIS Z, RICHIE MOLONEY, EQUINIMITY LLC: 0/75.326
12. S & L SHOEFLY, DARRAGH KERINS, S&L FARM: 0/75.932
Source: Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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