Traverse City, Michigan, USA. – July 27, 2018 – On Friday at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), FEI CSI 2* competition continued with the $35,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake CSI2* in the Grand Prix Ring. In his first trip to Traverse City, Michigan, Canada’s Jim Ifko took home the top prize with Rachel Cornacchia’s Un Diamant Des Forets.
Ifko and the 9-year-old Selle Français stallion bested a total of 52 international horse-and-athlete combinations and outpaced nine in the jump-off in 32.99 seconds. The pair was one of four to jump double-clear around Friday’s courses, designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen, Jr.
Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina and his own and Claudia Pedroso’s Eres Tu were the early clear pathfinders in the jump-off, setting the pace to beat at 36.34 seconds.
Theo Genn (USA) and Eduardo Leon’s Firewall produced the next double-clear effort one round later in 37.34 seconds to move behind Biraben in the standings.
Yet it was 20-year-old Kelli Cruciotti (USA) and her own Hadja Van Orshof who raced across the timers fault-free in 35.50 seconds as seventh in the jump-off order-of-go to take over the top spot on the leaderboard with two left to go.
Jim Ifko (CAN) & Un Diamant des Forets during the awards ceremony.
Following Cruciotti was Ifko, who flew around the short course and stopped the clock a full three seconds faster to claim the win, while Cruciotti finished in second place and Biraben and Genn settled for third and fourth place, respectively.
Additional FEI show jumping highlights for GLEF Week IV include the $50,000 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2* set to take place on Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. To purchase tickets for Sunday, click here.
From the Winner’s Circle:
Jim Ifko – $35,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake CSI2* winner
On how he acquired Un Diamant Des Forets:
“We found [Un Diamant Des Forets] in France. We made a trip over and we were looking for three mares. We were having no luck and my friend Scott Smith in France said, ‘You’ve really got to try this stallion. Don’t leave without trying him.’ I said, ‘No, I’m not interested in a stallion.’ He talked me into it the day before I had to get on the plane and thank goodness he did. We just finished off a tour at Spruce Meadows and he was really fantastic there so we were really looking forward to seeing what he’d be like here.”
On his jump-off round:
“I was lucky to be able to watch some of the others go before me. Truth be told, I didn’t think I’d be able to find a spot where I could catch up to the ones just before me. I thought I could make it up to the last fence and possibly with a tighter turn to the second to last fence because everywhere else people were just making it look amazing.”
Results – $35,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake CSI 2*:
Place / Rider (Country) & Horse / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Jim Ifko (CAN) & Un Diamant Des Forets / Rachel Cornacchia / 0 / 0 / 32.99
2. Kelli Cruciotti (USA) & Hadja Van Orshof / Kelli Cruciotti / 0 / 0 / 35.50
3. Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) & Eres Tu Claudia Pedroso/Luis Biraben / 0 / 0 / 36.34
4. Theo Genn (USA) & Firewall / Eduardo Leon / 0 / 0 / 37.34
5. Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Dingeman / Santiago Lambre / 0 / 4 / 33.41
6. Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Ibabco / Santiago Lambre / 0 / 4 / 36.09
7. Katie Tyler (USA) & Shet Du Thot / Katie Tyler / 0 / 4 / 37.71
8. Theo Genn (USA) & Colora / Paula Quinn/Nina Moore / 0 / 4 / 37.95
9. Willie Tynan (IRL) & Dominique / Shannon Hughes / 0 / 8 / 34.88
10. Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) & Caillou / Miguel Madero/Luis Biraben / 1 / 77.04
11. Taylor Land (USA) & Liroy 30 / Taylor Land / USA / Taylor Land / 1 / 79.57
12. Diego Javier Vivero Viteri (ECU) & Cerano Vin Dingenshof / Javier Estrada Gonzalez / 4 / 69.35
Source: Press Release by Taylor Rains / Phelps Media Group for Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
Photos: © Diana Hadsall Photography
Categories: CSI 2*