Langley B.C. – Andrew Ramsey from USA has arrived with a bang. After placing both first and second on Wednesday’s Maui Jim Grand Prix at Thunderbird Show Park he brings it home again in tonight’s Steel-Craft Doors Speed class. With a huge field of 59 riders Ramsey was early in the class at ninth in, but he set a time that no one could beat over 50 rounds later. Aboard Cocq a Doodle, a 9-year-old KWPN mare, who he also won with on Wednesday, he rode a fast clear round of 63.36 seconds.
Hardin Towell from USA riding Lucifer V a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding came second with a close time of 63.38, only two milliseconds off of Ramsey’s time. Second to last in the ring was
Patricio Pasquel from Mexico on Babel. Pasquel rode a hard and fast round but just missed
those top two spots with a time of 63.96.
There were eighteen clears in the class but many with substantially slower times. Jill Blunt and
Udam came fourth with a time of 65.35, followed by Canada’s Ben Asselin on Plume de la
Roque with a time of 65.70. Tina Yates and Juantita finished sixth at 66.43 and Eric Navat and
Catypso in seventh. It was a competitive class with riders from over six different countries.
The course was short with only twelve jumps but it caught many riders with three combinations
and a tight turn right off the bat from jump one to two. Riders were really tested to find the
gears with their horses as the speed element of the course combined with gallop spots and
combinations required quick collection to a big step. The horses’ experience showed as they
built momentum throughout the course to get flat and have rails later on in the round.
It was an exciting class and the last time many of these riders will be in the grand prix ring
before Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifier.
1st - Andrew Ramsay and Cocq A doodle
2nd - Hardin Towell and Lucifer V
3rd – Patricio Pasquel and Babel
4th – Jill Blunt and Udam
5th – Ben Asselin and Plume de la Roque
6th – Tina Yates and Juanita
7th – Eric Navat and Catypso
8th – Karl Cook and Basimodo
9th – Audrey Coulter and Alex
10th – Jeff Campf and Chevejo NB