Langley, British Columbia, Canada. – June 01, 2019 – Besting a 15-horse jump-off, Eduardo Menezes (BRA) took home the victory aboard Ennebel van het Posthuijs in the Jump for $36,600 Uryadi’s Village Grand Prix CSI 2* yesterday during the Odlum Brown BC Open CSIO 5*/2* at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, Canada.
But that wasn’t close to being his biggest victory of the day.
Menezes contributed to more than $100,000 being raised for Uryadi’s Village, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support vulnerable children, particularly orphans and children with special needs, around the globe in countries like Ethiopia. The organization is spearheaded by Jennifer Crooks, a former international show jumper who, together with her husband Mike, has adopted 13 children, many with special needs.
“My son Matteo has Down Syndrome,” Menezes explained, “and what [Jennifer] does is unbelievable. It’s really breathtaking. I can’t talk to her without getting emotional.”
The Jump for Uryadi’s Village Grand Prix CSI 2* has a charitable component. Each time the first fence—the Uryadi’s Village jump—was cleared, a pledge was made to the organization. An anonymous Canadian donor also agreed to match donations up to $50,000. By day’s end, a record amount of fundraising took place.
Menezes, however, supported Uryadi’s Village long before entering the arena. He has sponsored two children through the Uryadi’s Village program. One child was adopted, so he sponsored another, this time a little girl in Ethiopia.
“We were involved as soon as we knew about it,” Menezes said. “We love the program. For me, it’s an opportunity. Jennifer and [the people involved with the organization] are not ordinary people. We’ve tried to help as much as we could, and we for sure will be there as much as we can.”
Menezes’ winning mount is a new partner for him. He acquired the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Numero Uno x Argentinus) at the end of 2018 and is excited about her future.
Eduardo Menezes (BRA) & Ennebel vh Posthuijs during the awards ceremony
[When I got her], she had no experience,” Menezes explained. “Basically, these have been the first classes that she’s done at this height. She’s just fantastic and has great character. She’s like having a pet—a big one!”
The duo advanced to the jump-off, securing the victory after another clean performance while registering the fastest time of 33.95 seconds.
Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Legacy (Chippendale Z x Bon Ami) also had two penalty-free performances, finishing second in 34.62 seconds.
Eve Jobs (USA) and Charleville (Quasimodo Z x Lancelot) completed the podium with no penalties and a time of 35.17 seconds during the tiebreaker.
For full results, please click here.
Source: Press release by Chris Pack for Thunderbird Show Park
Photos: © Cealy Tetley Photography
Categories: CSI 2*