Sonoma, Californina, USA – September 9, 2018 – After two times coming in second, Karrie Rufer (USA) finally made it to the top of the podium Sunday winning the $100,000 1.45m Grand Prix CSI 2* with Morning Star Sporthorses’ Mai Tai 2 at the Sonoma International CSI2*, part of the Split Rock Jumping Tour.
Six of the 48 starters advanced to the jump off round, including Rufer and Shawn Casady (USA), who had already faced off once before this week. But, Rufer and the quick-footed Westphalian gelding (Ustinov x Lissabon) were ultimately the fastest, stopping the clock at 44.895 seconds after two clear rounds.
“It was a lot of déjà vu. The nice thing was that when I was second to Shawn [Casady] the other day I was on my other horse, and I know [Mai Tai 2] is so much faster,” Rufer said. “He’s just naturally speedy across the ground. He’s bold but he’s careful, so I knew there were things I could do on that horse today that I couldn’t do on the other one.”
From left: SRTJ Founder Derek Braun, Lindsay Archer (USA) ,Karrie Rufer (USA) and Shawn Casady (USA) – Photo: © Grandpix
“It comes down to a little bit of luck, a good horse and your day,” she continued. “It’s my first CSI2* win and with a horse that I brought up since he was a 6-year-old. Every time I ask him for more he just gives me more.”
Lindsay Archer (USA) set the pace for the class as the first clear round of the division with Rhys Farm LLC’s Jarpur, and she kept that momentum going into the jump off earning second place with a time of 46.265 seconds.
Casady graciously settled for both third and fourth place, but not before soaking Rufer with the celebratory champagne. Highpoint Farm LLC’s Durango VDL went through the timers in 46.599 seconds for third, and his stablemate Cicomein VDL, who is owned by HKC Collection LLC, had a four-fault jump off round in 46.682 seconds for fourth.
For the first time in Split Rock Jumping Tour’s history, two riders split the coveted Horseflight $500 Fist Pump Award. Casady and Katelyn Denby Edwards were both recognized for their creative fist pump celebrations.
Victor Castellanos had Rufer’s horses turned out immaculately throughout the week, and for that he was awarded the $500 FarmVet Grooms Award.
About Split Rock Jumping Tour
The Split Rock Jumping Tour is modeled after successful European shows and gives competitors, sponsors and spectators an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” by changing the way show jumping is presented in the U.S. Since 2015, the Split Rock Jumping Tour has been revolutionizing the sport of show jumping, offering competitions at world-class venues along with top prize money, extravagant awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, owners, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail.
The 2018 Split Rock Jumping Tour (SRJT) schedule includes five FEI shows in four outstanding venues. Earlier this year, SRJT hosted The Kentucky Invitational CSI3*, a new event held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was followed by The Lexington International CSI2* at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the Sonoma International CSI2*, SRJT will also host The Columbus International CSI2*, September 26-30, and The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Columbus CSI3*-W, October 3-7, both at the Brave Horse Show Park in Columbus, Ohio.
Additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, schedules, news and ticket information, is available online at the Split Rock Jumping Tour website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by calling 859-252-3247.
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Source: Press release from Split Rock Jumping Tour
Photo: © Grand Prix Photography
Categories: CSI 2*