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Stephen Moore snags the victory in $37,000 Griffis Residential CSI2* qualifier

Saturday, 12 February 2022
CSI2* WEF 5 2022

Photo © Sportfot. Stephen Moore and Albert K. Photo © Sportfot.


Press release from Equestrian Sport Productions



International competition continued to roll right along with the $37,000 Griffis Residential CSI2* Qualifier debuting as the largest and last class to take place in the International Arena on Friday. An impressive 78 horse-and-rider duos took their turns over the first round track as they hoped to earn a returning spot in the jump-off to qualify for Sunday’s $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI2*. As the light faded, 16 entries chose to return for their chance at the winning honor. 

A total of 19 pairings had qualified but Enrique Gonzalez (MEX), Eliza Lehrman (USA), and T.J. O’Mara (USA) chose to save their jumps for another day. The jump-off track appeared to give each returning competitor a more difficult time as each exhibitor landed with at least one downed fence until Lacey Gilbertson (USA) managed to find the path to a clear round. Several more rounds followed until the USA’s Rebecca Conway found her way around an even faster track aboard Con Coleur. 

As the battle concluded, Ireland’s Stephen Moore gave it his all, and his all was good enough to steal the win aboard Albert K. Moore and the Vlock Show Stables LLC’s 13-year-old DWB gelding Albert K (Heartbeat x Quidam de Revel). They turned on the turbo and stopped the clock at 42.04 seconds to finish over a full second ahead of the closest challengers. 

Photo © Sportfot. Susan, Rod, and Ian Griffis stand with Stephen Moore and an expressive Albert K in their winning presentation. Photo © Sportfot.

“He is an amazing horse, and I just got the ride on him at the beginning of last summer,” said Moore. “He was great all of the summer season and has had a few months off. This is our first week back competing in FEI classes for the winter so to start off with a win feels fantastic.” 

“There weren’t very many clear at the beginning of the jump-off, so I had some belief we could get it done,” he continued. “He has a huge stride so I knew I could leave out a stride from the first to second fence, and I knew I could get the long six [strides] done as well. Everywhere else he was just incredibly good to me, and it all worked out.” 

Conway’s ride secured second place with Blue Hill Farm’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I x Couleur Rubin) by punching the clock at 43.58 seconds. Gilbertson’s smooth piloting of Seabrook LLC’s 12-year-old BWP mare Karlin Van’t Vennehof in 43.98 seconds earned her a spot in the victory gallop as the third-place recipient. 

Final Results: $37,000 Griffis Residential CSI2* qualifier

1. ALBERT K: 2009 DWB gelding by Heartbeat x Quidam de Revel
STEPHEN MOORE (IRL), Vlock Show Stables LLC: 0/0/42.04

2. CON COLEUR: 2009 Hannoverian gelding by Contendro I x Couleur Rubin
REBECCA CONWAY (USA), Blue Hill Farm, LLC: 0/0/43.58

3. KARLIN VAN’T VENNEHOF: 2010 BWP mare by Fantomas De Muze x Quasimodo Van De Molendreef
LACEY GILBERTSON (USA), Seabrook LLC: 0/0/43.98

4. CARISTINA: 2010 mare by unknown
LUIS FERNANDO LARRAZABAL (VEN), Anna Ishiyama: 0/0/44.1

5. COCO BEACH: 2012 Holsteiner mare by Casall x San Patrignano Corrado
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/44.32

6. CARLA: 2012 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x Carthago Z
MCKAYLA LANGMEIER (USA), Rafferty Farm LLC: 0/4/43.4

7. STAKKATAN: 2009 OS gelding by Stakkatol x Kannan
ANDRZEJ OPLATEK (POL), Gospodarstwo Rolne & Andrzej Oplatek: 0/4/43.64

8. VALMONT DE VIZY: 2009 Selle Francais stallion by Zandor x Brandy De La Cour
KELLY ARANI (USA), Marigot Bay Farm, LLC: 0/4/44.94

9. CHANDON BLUE: 2005 OS gelding by Chacco Blue x Landcapitol
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary and Laura Chapot: 0/4/45.49

10. ARIANA: 2011 KWPN mare by Cantos x Tolan R
LORCAN GALLAGHER (IRL), HKC Collection LLC: 0/4/46.43

11. TEDDY Z: 2011 Zangersheide gelding by Candillo 3 x Limbus
CALLIE SCHOTT (USA), Southern Arches, LLC: 0/4/47.1

12. CROSSOVER 4: 2013 Hannoverian stallion by Cascadello x Chacco Blue
CHLOE REID (USA), Team Reid LLC: 0/4/49.43

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