Columbus, Ohio, USA – September 28, 2018 – The national anthem of Ireland played over the loudspeakers at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 2*, as David Blake and Keoki, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, galloped away with the $35,000 FEI Welcome Stake CSI 2* with two faultless rounds and a jump-off time of 47.49 seconds.
Blake and Keoki, a 9-year-old bay Holsteiner stallion (Catoki x Cassini I), bested a field of 48 starters for the win. Ten of the original starters advanced to the jump-off and the rounds kept getting faster and faster before Blake, the last to go, entered the ring.
“My horse has a very big stride and so I was able to leave out strides to the last two fences and I think that is what made it for us today,” explained Blake. “He is new to us, I have had him for two months. He has been very, very good so far, with good results at every show.”
Ali Wolff (USA) and Double H Farm’s Exotik Sitte took second place, double clear over the fences, registering a final time of 47.70 seconds.
James Chawke (IRL) and Catinka 25 (Catoki x Luxano) completed the podium backed by a clean scorecard and a jump-off time of 49.08 seconds.
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Source: Press release by Classic Communications for Split Rock Jumping Tour
Photo: © Winslow Photography
Categories: CSI 2*