Katherine Strauss, 19, of New York, NY, claimed a win in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Miller Motorcars, in a three-horse jump-off riding her own All In. Strauss piloted two horses over the short course with the only challenger being Brianne Link of East Islip, NY, in her Under 25 division debut.
Strauss crossed the timers clear in a blazing 29.991 seconds for the win aboard All In, while Link, 19, finished second riding her own Dobalia in 32.093 seconds. Strauss rounded out the top three aboard her own Capacity with a time of 33.320 seconds.
“I really like the Under 25 division because it is a great stepping stone between the high amateurs and high juniors to the FEI classes,” said Strauss, who has had success in the division under the direction of her trainers John Madden and four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Beezie Madden.
All In, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Aachen x Indoctro), has not competed since late July 2017 and made a return to the show ring at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.
“I just finished my first year at Vanderbilt and we thought that would be a good chance to give All In some time off,” said Strauss of the mount she’s had for four years. “I’m so happy we did. It seems to be paying off and he’s done so much for me, so I want to do everything I can to help him. In these first few weeks before stepping up to the FEI division, the Under 25 gave us a chance to seriously get going without risking anything with his fitness and confidence.”
All In was turned out at the home base of John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, New York, along with other accomplished equine athletes, including San Remo, the 2017 ASPCA Maclay Final winner, owned by Strauss’s barn mate Madison Goetzmann.
Katherine Strauss (pictured on Capacity) is presented as winner of the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Miller Motorcars, by Dan King of Miller Motorcars on Saturday, May 19, at the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
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“The cold weather is so good for their legs, health, and happiness,” continued Strauss. “I am lucky to have a team at John Madden Sales that is excellent at developing horses and helping rehab horses. As soon as I got done with my finals, I went to Cazenovia and he was ready to start jumping again.”
Victoria Birdsall, 24, of Frenchtown, New Jersey, USA, finished fourth riding her own Doman with the fastest four-fault ride from the first round in 69.150 seconds. Lucy Deslauriers, 18, of New York, New York, USA, rounded out the top five riding Kaspara for owner Luja, LLC, with a rail and a time fault in the first round.
Final Results: $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Miller Motorcars
1) Katherine Strauss (USA) & All In: 2005 KWPN gelding by Aachen x In, Katherine Strauss LLC: 0/0/29.991
2) Brianna Link (USA) & Dobalia: 2008 KWPN mare by Solitair x Jacorde, Brianne Link: 0/0/32.093
3) Katherine Strauss (USA) & Capacity: 2003 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini I x Corrado II, Katherine Strauss LLC: 0/0/33.320
4) Victoria Birdsall (USA) & Doman: 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cardento x Indoctro, Liberty Farm LLC: 4/69.150
5) McKayla Langmeier (USA) & Kaspara: 2009 Swedish Warmblood mare by Hip Hop x Cardento, Luja LLC: 5/71.840
6) Megan McDermott (USA) & Flinstone van’t Eigenlo: 2005 BWP gelding by For Pleasure x Kashmir van Schuttershof, Megan McDermott: 6/72.112
7) Mattias Tromp (USA) & Avon: 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Quidam de Revel x Cortez 679, Beyaert Farm, Inc.: 8/70.210
8) Caitlyn Connors (USA) & Boleybawn Perfection: 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Ard VDL Douglas x Nearly a Nose (USA), Caitlyn Connors LLC: 12/69.910
9) Ailish Cunnife (USA) & Baloucento 2: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Cento, Whipstick Farm Ltd: 12/70.240
10) McKayla Langmeier (USA) & Durosa: 2008 KWPN mare by B Zirocco Blue VDL x Manhattan, Linda Langmeier: 13/71.890
11) McKayla Langmeier (USA) & Laney: 2009 Warmblood mare by Languster Pryde x Concorde, Linda Langmeier: 16/70.998
12) Sydney Shulman (USA) & Hilgarie: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Calvaro x Kashmir van Schuttershof, Jill Shulman: 23/85.060
Source: Press Release by Lindsay Brock / Jump Media for Old Salem Farm
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Categories: CSI U-25