The McNerney Family CSI U-25 Winning Round was the final competition for riders competing in the CSI U-25 division to gain points that counted toward the overall title of 2018 CSI-U25 Series Champion. Leading the series coming into the final was Ben Asselin (CAN) but he elected not to start the final competition of the series making him no longer eligible for the overall series championship. The 2017 CSI U-25 Series Champion was Juan Jose Zendejas (MEX) and he was looking to claim the title for a second year, his last year of eligibility.
Uma O’Neill (USA) was sitting in third for overall points going into the final U25 competition of the series but a costly rail in round one would take her out contention for Series Champion as Zendejas and Nicole Walker (CAN) were among those with top overall points of the series and made it to the Winning Round of the final competition.
Zendejas (MEX) took two horses into the McNerney Family CSI U-25 Winning Round and posted a quick clear ride in 54.600 seconds to the top of the leader board with his first horse Artillero, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Deauville de La Vie x Toulon). The pressure was on the remaining competitors. Nicole Walker (CAN) took a rail in the Winning Round, leaving her to finish in fourth place.
The only person to catch Zendejas’s winning ride was Zendejas himself on his second horse Just Nice Van Het Indihof, a 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Deauville de la Vie x Toulon) . He would finish in both first and second in the McNerney Family U25 Winning Round and for the second year in a row, win the U25 Series Champion Award.
“Stars are born here (Spruce Meadows).” – Jim McNerney, presenting sponsor of the McNerney Family U25 Winning Round.
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Categories: CSI U-25