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Alex Granato and Carlchen W show how it is done at Split Rock Jumping Tour's Columbus International

Saturday, 07 October 2017
CSI3* Split Rock Jumping Tour / Johnstown 2017

Photo (c) Winslow Photography LLC. Alex Granato with Carlchen W. Photo (c) Winslow Photography LLC.

The $40,000 Amalaya Investments 1.50 Meter Welcome was the featured event on the card at the Split Rock Jumping Tour's Columbus International CSI3* held at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio.

Carlchen W (Chacco-Blue x Continue), a 9-year-old Mecklenberg gelding owned by Paige Tredennick, and rider Alex Granato, USA, were one of eight horse and rider combinations out of 46 starters to make it around two-time Olympic Course Designer Olaf Petersen's extremely tough track. 

The jump-off was just as demanding, with only Granato and David Raposa, USA, on S & L Sage (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Radiator), able to turn in clear rounds. Raposa, going first in the jump-off, had the disadvantage. Granato went in the ring and turned in a much quicker round, 48.63 seconds, to take the class. Raposa, with a time of 50.42 was relegated to second place.

"This horse is a real competitor," said Granato. "He is probably more game than I am to go in and win each time. We have a long partnership, I have had him since he was a five-year-old, so four and-a-half years together. We know each other quite well at this point. He has had a super year."

Emanuel Andrade, VEN, and Jenni's Chance (Clinton I x Heartbreaker) were the winners of the $5,000 Booth Show Jumpers 1.40 Meter Speed/U25 Welcome Stake. With half of the class turning in clear rounds, it became a speed duel, and Andrade excels at getting speed from his horses. The winning ride was clocked at 54.971 seconds.

Tina Yates and Cicomein VDL (Chacco-Blue x Jus de Pomme), owned by HKC Collection LLC placed second in 55.214 seconds with Andrade and Boy IV (Sandro Boy x Lansing), 57.098, in third.

When asked what his secret to success has been over the two weeks of SRJT's Columbus events, Andrade just smiled and said, "Ohio likes me!"


Source: Press release from Split Rock / Picture © Winslow Photography LLC

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