Brazil’s Yuri Mansur and Babylotte topped 82 additional entries to win the $35,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.45m Classic CSI2* on Friday, March 9.
Mansur and the 12-year-old KWPN mare owned by Mansur and Euro Stables tripped the jump-off timers in 35.11 seconds to take the victory over fellow Brazilian Pedro Muylaert who finished in 36.05 seconds riding C’est Dorijke, owned by Ricardo Facchini.
Third place with a time of 36.33 seconds went to the USA’s Hunter Holloway riding Eastern Jam for owner Hays Investment Corp.
While it did not work out for Mansur to compete in the five-star competition this week, it ended up being a good way for him to work on things with Babylotte.
“It was good in the end, because for a long time I was thinking of trying to find another bit,” he said. “The last few jump-offs we’ve done, I’ve always had one mistake here or there, so I thought I should try to change the bit. And that was the answer. This was perfect. She won, and I found a new bit!”
Along with winning the 2* class, Yuri Mansur (BRA) & Babylotte were presented with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award by Laura Fetterman.
While Mansur initially purchased Babylotte three years ago as a 1.40m speed horse, the mare has continued to step up the ranks, proving successfully in CSI5* competition, and he has his sights set on big goals for 2018.
“This year, the plan is hopefully the World Equestrian Games and CHIO Aachen,” said Mansur.
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Source: Press Release by Jennifer Wood Media by Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP/ WEF
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