Australian rider Harley Brown won the US West Coast league World Cup qualifier in Del Mar, California, the first weekend in September. WoSJ decided to find out a little bit more about Brown and his winning horse – the wonderful thirteen year old grey gelding Cassiato. Harley Brown comes from Melbourne, Australia, but in 2003 he set sails for the US to compete and train. As often happens Brown stayed, and he is now based with his business and family in San Luis Obispo in sunny California.
Tell us a little about your winning round in Del Mar?
I was the only clear round, so didn't have to jump off. The course was not huge, but was fair. Cassiato felt like he was going to jump clear from the first fence and jumped the whole course really well. This was not Cassiato’s first World Cup win though; he also won the qualifier in Sacramento in 2009, Harley explains.
What could you let us know of your winning horse Cassiato?
Cassiato is an 18.2h18.2? Holsteiner by Concerto II and I have had him for six years. He started his jumping career with me as a seven year-old and prior to that he was actually a dressage horse. Cassiato was short-listed for the Australian team for the WEG last year, but was unfortunately injured. I have ridden the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas in 2009 on him, and my plan with him now is to get to the Olympic Games next year in London. Cassiato is owned by a syndicate called Oak Park Group LLC, which consists of people from the Central Coast of California, including myself.
What are your plans for the remaining World Cup qualifiers?
I will continue to use Cassiato plus an up-and-coming horse called Angelli – who has had some good results in 1.50m Grand Prix – in the World Cup qualifiers for the rest of the season, Harley tells us.
Hopefully this might lead Harley Brown to the finals in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, in 2012.
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