Columbus, Ohio, USA – September 30, 2018 — Shark and Australian Rowan Willis looked like they might be the only clean round in the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Grand Prix held during the Columbus International CSI 2* at the Brave Horse Show Park.
Midway through the class of 41 original starters, theirs was the only fault free round. It was not until Cristine McCrea (USA) and Dali De Vy, the 29th horse and rider combination to test Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course, that we saw another faultless performance. It took another ten rides before Liza Finsness (USA) and Shiver added their names to the good list. Chippendale’s Boy DZ and Sloane Coles (USA) made it a foursome to return for a jump-off.
Lima designed a track that was challenging, a tight time allowed, 74 seconds, as well as a triple bar to a double combination felled quite a few competitors.
Rowan Willis (AUS) & Shark
Willis and Shark, a 10-year-old bay Anglo-European Sport Horse gelding, set the tone of the jump-off, posting a clear round in a quick time of 45.52 seconds. McCrea tried to catch them with Dali DeVy but while they were penalty free, the time was not fast enough at 46.19 seconds.
Chippendale’s Boy DZ and Sloane Coles (USA) had the time, 45.05 seconds, but it was at the price of a rail down. Liza Finsness (USA) and Shiver also dropped a rail and finished in a time of 48.06 seconds.
Rowan Willis (AUS) & Shark during their lap of honor
To watch the winning rides and see interviews with the winners, courtesy of HorseNetwork.com, go to www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com.
Categories: CSI 2*