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Ramsay and Cocq A Doodle win Grand Prix at Split Rock Jumping Tour's Columbus International

Monday, 09 October 2017
CSI3* Split Rock Jumping Tour / Johnstown 2017

Photo (c) Winslow Photography LLC. Andrew Ramsay and Cocq A Doodle. Photo (c) Winslow Photography LLC.

The Split Rock Jumping Tour's Columbus International CSI 3*, held at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio, concluded with the $130,000 Split Rock Farm CSI 3* 1.55 Meter Grand Prix, which was won by Andrew Ramsay, USA, and Cocq A Doodle (Tolan R x Niagara), owned by the Doodle Group. 

Of the original field of 39 starters, nine returned to contest Olaf Petersen's shortened course. Ramsay and Cocq A Doodle, a 10-year-old KWPN mare, entered the ring in the eighth slot, having the advantage of seeing all but one test the course. Ramsay geared up the little mare and 40.57 seconds later they crossed through the timers, two full seconds ahead of the field. The time would hold up to win the class.

"It was a wonderful show," said Ramsay. "I brought one horse and she jumped fantastic all week. I have had Cocq A Doodle about two years in my stable and she is just a fantastic mare, really a winner. She just really wants to go and this jump-off suited her well. She can really gallop, collect, and turn and it all worked today."

Ramsay made a rollback turn to a vertical in the jump-off that had the crowd gasping, but as Ramsay explained, "The left turns are a little more difficult for us, so I didn't want to cut it too short. I got a little deep in the turn but I knew she had her eye on it, I knew she was there. She is so game. She just wants to please. Once you get her going she just looks for the fences. I really look forward to having more time with her."

Second place went to Andrew Bourns, who rides for Ireland, with his CHS Inception, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Clover Flush (Clover Hill x King of Diamnonds). The pair turned in two impeccable rounds, but their time of 42.76 second could not withstand the speedy round Ramsay turned in.

Ali Wolff, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, was the first rider to qualify for the jump-off with Casall (Casall x Capitol I), a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, owned by Blacklick Bend Farm, and they were the first pair to enter the ring to contest the jump-off. The pair turned in a clear round with a time of 43.15 seconds, giving Wolff a third place finish.

Plain Bay Sales' Chuck Berry 8 (Chacco-Blue x Watzman) and rider Abigail McArdle took the blue ribbon in the $10,000 U25 Grand Prix with a faultless performance over two rounds and a final jump-off time of 37.623 seconds. Of the 22 original starters in the class, only three were able to produce clean rounds to advance to the jump-off, where only two riders, McArdle and Eugenio Garza on Diadora (unknown), owned by El Milagro, crossed the finish with no penalties. Garza's time was two seconds slower around the course, 40.194 seconds, giving McArdle the win.

"He is a horse that we got at the end of Florida," said McArdle.  "He has just been getting better and better every show.  I moved him up to the grand prix ring and right now I think he is one of the best U25 horses in the country."


Source: Press release from Split Rock Jumping Tour / Photo (c) Winslow Photography LLC.

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