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Riley and Robin De Ponthual return to win $73,800 CSI2* Grand Prix

Monday, 25 July 2022
CSI2* Great Lakes Equestrian Festival 2022

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Schuyler Riley and Robin De Ponthual. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.


Press release from Traverse City Horse Shows



Schuyler Riley (USA) and Robin De Ponthual ran away with the victory in Sunday’s $73,800 Traverse City CSI2* Grand Prix to wrap up the third week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. Riley and Katherine Gallagher’s 17-year-old Selle Français gelding (Elf D’Or x Calypso D’Herbiers) set the pace to beat early and could not be caught.

An international field of 34 came forward in Sunday’s class to test Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) first-round course. The field was whittled down to nine clear round efforts, with seven U.S. riders and one from Canada. Riley, second to jump off, omitted strides nearly everywhere she could on the short track, racing to a time of 34.91 seconds and leaving the remaining seven pairs to try and catch her.

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography. Schuyler Riley (USA) and Robin De Ponthual. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

“Robin has a massive stride and the jump-off suited his stride,” Riley said of her top mount. “We walked specific numbers. I was on my plan until the vertical [at the second to last] and did one extra. Then I saw one less to the last. So the math all worked out in my favor!"

“He always had the talent,” she continued about Robin De Ponthual, a horse she’s had the ride on for several years. “He is a very sensitive animal and it took about a year and a half for us to really bond. Since we’ve bonded he will turn himself inside out for me. I trust him completely and he is amazing.”

Final Results: $73,800 CSI2* Grand Prix

1. ROBIN DE PONTHUAL: 2005 SF gelding by Elf D’Or x Calypso D’Herbiers
SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), Katherine Gallagher: 0/0/34.91

2. AKUNA MATTATA: 2008 AHHA mare by Quinar Z x Landwind II
NICOLE SHAHINIAN-SIMPSON (USA), Silver Raven Farms: 0/0/35.06

3. FANTASY BB: 2010 KWPN mare by Cardento x Labor’s VDL Indorado
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Windsor Show Stables: 0/0/37.45

4. MA POMME DE TAMERVILLE: 2012 BWP mare by Deauville Van T&L x Contendro II
ANNA WILKS (CAN), IN Showjumpers: 0/0/37.87

5. MAESTRO VAN HET BINNENVELD: 2012 BWP stallion by Hunter’s Scendix x Conan Z
WESLEY NEWLANDS (CAN), Weslands Farm: 0/4/37.61

6. CASALLVANO: 2009 HOLST gelding by Casall x Gestion Silvano N
EVA FISHERMAN (USA), Eva Fisherman: 0/4/37.90

7. MAESTRO VICA V/D ARK: 2012 BWP stallion by Lordanos x Heartbreaker
NATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses LLC: 0/8/35.40

8. ISAAC 22: 2008 BWP gelding by Nonstop x Darco
VICTORIA KETCHUM (USA), Copperline Farm LLC: 0/8/39.74

9. GIOLITA: 2011 KWPN mare by C-Ingmar x Padinus
EMMA SARGENT (USA), Emma Sargent: 0/WD

10. CARISSIMO 25: 2013 HOLST gelding by Cascadello x Clinton
MAVIS SPENCER (USA), Georgy Maskrey-Segesman: 2/78.30

11. SONIC BOOM: 2012 SWB gelding by Seacoast Wonderful 
HAILEY ROYCE (USA), Double Clear LLC: 4/71.51

12. CHUCK BERRY 8: 2007 HANN gelding by Chacco Blue x Watzmann
OLIVIA CHOWDRY (USA), Atlas Equine Holdings LLC: 4/71.83

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