|A group of forty horses and riders showed in the $10,000 Electronic Vet 1.35m Jumper Classic on Saturday afternoon. Taking home first and fourth place honors in the class was Karl Cook aboard BANBA and CYRANO VD, respectively, with times of 33.345 and 37.622. Second place was won by Will Simpson and ZINNA ZF in a time of 36.952, followed by Potter and DIABOLICAL C taking home the yellow ribbon in a time of 37.107. Rounding out the top five in the class was Derek Braun and EYECATCHER with a four-fault time of 34.422.
Richard Spooner and ARTHOS R took home top honors in the $15,000 1.40m KindredBio Jumper Classic with a jump-off time of 36.796. Second place was Kenneth Vinther and COLICCHIO with a time of 38.127, followed by Mattias Ekeroth and DACARLOS in third with a time of 39.910. Fourth place was awarded to Nayel Nassar and LUTZ with a jump-off time of 39.940. Riding to a fifth place finish with a fault-free round in 43.888 was Susan Hutchinson and NOTABLE.
Crowds filled the stands on Sunday afternoon for the $70,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix where riders went head-to-head to compete for the blue ribbon. Of the thirty-four that competed, just four would make it back to jump off. Jumping to the first place finish was Nayel Nassar and his partner DEEJEE in a fault-free time of 39.884. “The course walked big enough, but it was not overly complicated. Bernardo put some delicate jumps in delicate places and that’s where people made mistakes” Nassar explained. “I knew that I would be able to cover the same amount of ground faster than [second place finisher] Karl [Cook], who was efficient but not crazy, and there were a lot of places to gallop. I probably took more risks than I needed to.” Nassar plans to compete in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at the end of the circuit.
Cook and Caillou 24 would finish in second with a fault-free jump-off in 42.946, followed by Harley Brown aboard MYLORD CORNET in third with a four-fault jump-off time of 43.785. Taking home the fourth place ribbon was Samara Heinrichs and PENINSULA VERTIGO in a twelve-fault time of 42.575. Will Simpson would take home the fifth place ribbon aboard CHACCO P, as he was the fastest of the four faulters in the first round of the class.