Mckayla Langmeier (USA) captured the final class of the Under 25 division, the $20,000 Under 25 Jumper Classic, sponsored by Peacock Ridge Farm. Riding Iliano van D’Abelendreef, owned by Linda Langmeier, the 17-year-old resident of East Granby, Conn. bested a field of 15 talented riders for the win.
“I was really coming into this week hoping that I would do well,” said Langmeier. “The U25 division is something that I have been gearing towards, so to win here is amazing.”
Only three entries went double clear out of the five who made it into the jump-off on the Bernardo Cabral-designed course. Lucy Deslauriers set the mark on Hamlet, owned by Lisa Deslauriers, leaving the rails intact in 34.837 seconds. Cassandra Kahle and Redfield Farm’s Blue nearly took home the blue ribbon going slightly faster in a jump-off time of 34.430 for second place. Langmeier had her work cut out for her on the massive nine-year-old gelding, but she managed to make up enough time to finish on top in a time of 33.922 seconds.
“My horse is really big and he’s quick across the ground, so I just had to keep my myself in control and stay smooth,” said Langmeier. “I just got my horse at the beginning of Florida. It’s taken me a while to figure him out because he is so large. And for a large horse he is really hot, so it’s taken a while to figure out the give and take with him. I actually prefer competing with him indoors because he’s easier to control.”
Categories: CSI U-25