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Patience pays off for Beat Mändli and Vic des Cerisiers in CSIO5* $72,900 Suncast Grand Prix qualifier

Friday, 14 February 2020
CSIO5* Palm Beach Masters Nations Cup 2020

Photo © Kathy Russell Photography Beat Mändli rode Vic des Cerisiers to victory in the CSIO5* $72,900 Suncast Grand Prix Qualifier during Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Week CSIO5*/CSI2*. Photo © Kathy Russell Photography.


Press release from the Palm Beach Masters Series



Beat Mändli (SUI) may have been fastest aboard Vic de Cerisiers (Olympic d'Anguerny x Desir du Chateau) in the nine-horse jump-off that decided the $72,900 CSIO5* Suncast Grand Prix qualifier, but he attributed his victory to patience.

"We let him grow up really slow. Now, he’s showing [us] it was the right thing to do," Mändli said.

Mändli achieved his objective of securing a spot in the $213,300 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix, set for Friday, Feb. 14, at 2:00pm ET. With a comfortable winning margin of nearly two seconds, his final time was 38.56 seconds. Brian Moggre (USA) aboard MTM Vivre le Reve (Ustinov x Chello II) and Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Uris de la Roque (Capital x Quick Star) tied for second, both crossing the timers of Alan Wade's 1.55m track in identical marks of 40.43 seconds.

"It was a really nice track, but it was tricky enough to ride," Mändli explained. "The triple combination was a bit tricky at the end, but [Vic de Cerisiers] made it quite easy for me today. He felt so good."

Without reaching a full gallop, natural quickness and efficiency carried the pair to the top of the leaderboard.

"He's a pretty fast horse anyway," Mändli said. "He’s fast over the jumps, so I just kept the pace. He was neat in the turns, and I didn’t add any strides, so that was okay." 

Mändli, a two-time Olympian, has worked with the 11-year-old gelding alongside owners Grant Road Partners for nearly four years, and the horse's development has been gradual. After stepping him up to the five-star level over the summer in second-tier classes, Mändli believes he is now seeing the fruits of his labor in the form of a horse that's brimming with confidence and quality.

"As tall as he is, he’s a very bloody horse, so that makes it easy in the ring," he detailed. "You don’t need to encourage him; you basically just need to slow him down. He really has a super attitude, ability to do it, and just everything basically you’d want in a jumper.

"I’m obviously really happy to have him," he added. "He’s a super nice horse with super quality, and I have really high hopes for him." 

Devin Ryan starts the day with a win in the $10,000 CSIO5* CP Welcome Stake

Photo © Kathy Russell Photography Devin Ryan & Caspar's Lasino began the day with a win in the $10,000 CSIO5* CP Welcome Stake. Photo © Kathy Russell Photography.

Devin Ryan (USA) triumphed in the $10,000 CP Welcome Stake, taking home the first American CSIO5* win of Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Week CSIO5*/CSI2* at Deeridge Farms.

Canadian riders filled out the rest of the podium, with Sam Walker and Coralissa (Com Air x Corrado I) taking second on a close 63.95 seconds, and Erynn Ballard and Fellini S (Vermont x Rash) in third (64.46 seconds). Eleventh to go in the class of 43, Ryan maximized Caspar’s Lasino’s (Caspar x Lasino) expansive stride to stop the clock at an unbeatable 63.06 seconds.

“Darragh Kenny (IRL) and I did the five [from Jumps 4a-b to Jump 5] on the outside line,” says Ryan, adding that even with one less stride, he felt the oxer at Jump 5 was well within his horse’s scope.  “I think, just because of his stride, it worked out, [and] for a big horse, he’s sort of efficient in the air.”

Owned by U.S. Olympian Anne Kursinski’s Market Street Inc., the 11-year-old Holsteiner stallion has come into his own in 2020, according to Ryan. “We gave him a nice break in the fall, and when I first brought him to Ocala [this winter], I was like, ‘Wow, this horse has grown up so much.’

“He went out there yesterday [in the CSIO5* Palm Beach Masters Warm-Up] and just cantered right around. I was more nervous, probably, than he was! He felt great, so I thought, today, ‘I’d take a little shot at it,’” added Ryan, who plans to compete Caspar’s Lasino in Saturday afternoon’s 1.50m $36,600 CSIO5* PBM Classic.

“He has the ability to jump big tracks, and he’s a very careful horse. He just needs some mileage.”

Competition at Deeridge Farms continues Friday, Feb. 14, featuring the $213,300 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix at 2pm ET. The highlight of the week, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA gets underway Sunday, Feb. 16, at 1:30pm ET.

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