Columbus, Ohio, USA – October 5, 2018 — Eugenio Garza, one of Mexico’s up-and-coming stars, and his mount Victer Finn Dh Z, owned by Axel Verlooy Euro Horse BVBA, won the $40,000 Amalaya Investments 1.50m Welcome Prix CSI 3* at the Split 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, international course designer from Ireland, who designed the tracks for the recent FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, put together a course with 16 jumping efforts in a time allowed of 79 seconds. Only ten of the 58 horse-and-rider combinations managed to complete the course without penalty with Garza and the 10-year-old gelding among the first to do so.
Eugenio Garza (MEX) throwing his blue ribbons to his fans
Garza was joined on the good list by some of the sport’s greats, including Beezie Madden (USA) and Breitling LS, the current Longines FEI World Cup champions, who ended up placing second to Garza, and Christine McCrea (USA), the 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist, with Jacobond van den Oude Eik, finishing in third place.
Beezie Madden (USA) & Breitling LS
All of the jump off times were close, with barely a second separating them. Garza completed the shortened track in 40.24 seconds. Madden turned in a time of 41.28 seconds and McCrea crossed through the timers in 41.98 seconds.
Beezie Madden (USA) and Eugenio Garza (MEX)
“I knew there were fast riders coming right behind me,” said Garza. “Victer is a naturally fast horse and my trainer, Eddie Macken, told me to ride a fast, efficient round. I just rode to the plan and it all worked out and my time held up till the end, so I am really happy.”
Podium: Beezie Madden (USA) running away from the champagne shower by Eugenio Garza (MEX) and Christine McCrea (USA)
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Source: Press release by Classic Communications for Split Rock Jumping Tour
Photos: © Winslow Photography / Kaitlyn Karssen
Categories: CSI 3*