Columbus, Ohio, USA – October 4, 2018 — Ireland’s Kevin Babington and his longtime partner, Shorapur, won the FEI $35,000 1.45m Speed competition at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio.
Alan Wade (IRL), who designed the tracks for the recent FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, was tasked with designing the courses for the feature event. He challenged the riders and horses with a track that was carefully plotted to test the skills of both.
Shorapur, a 13-year-old, Hanoverian mare owned by Shorapur LLC, is well known for her speed across the ground and over the fences, and she did not disappoint. The little bay completed the course clean in 69.15 seconds, well ahead of the other 59 competitors who tried their luck in the class.
“She is so fast,” said Babington. “My plan is to use Shorapur for Sunday, so my plan going in today was to see how she felt at the first three fences. If she wasn’t taking over and trying to pull me past the distance I would just stay on that rhythm. She was really good to the first three, so I just stuck to my plan and just tried to stay on a good rhythm all the way around. If it ended up being the fastest time, great, and if it didn’t, I still would have been happy. It is always really nice to win.”
Rowan Willis (AUS) and Shark (Arko x Pilot), winners of last week’s SRJT Columbus International CSI 2* Grand Prix placed second in the class after completing their performance with no penalties in 69.15 seconds.
Katherine Strauss (USA) guided All In (Aachen x Indoctro) to bronze honors, backed by a clean run in 71.98 seconds.
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Categories: CSI 3*