Redwood City, California – August 26, 2019 – Saturday night featured some fantastic show jumping in the Grand Prix Arena at the beautiful Horse Park at Woodside during the first week of Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival. The main event was the $25,000 Interactive Mortgage Woodside Grand Prix, and an impressive field of horses and riders took their shot at the champion title and prize money by tackling the course designed by Kevin Holowack (CAN). The first course, which consisted of 15 jumping efforts including three double combinations, saw only three pairs go clear to return for the jump-off.
First to return was Vigo R, owned and ridden by amateur Amber Czajkowski. The 17-year-old grey KWPN gelding crossed the timers with a quick time of 47.996, but the pair picked up two rails for penalty-points, which would land them in 3rd place overall.
Next up was professional Kevin Winkel (USA) aboard Osophia, a 13-year-old chestnut RPSI mare owned by Maplewood Inc. They raced to the finish in a lightning fast 42.069 seconds but also had two unfortunate rails, which would result in a reserve championship finish.
Last to return for the jump off was professional Carol Wright (USA) aboard her own Conejito, a 17-year-old grey American Holsteiner gelding. A clear or 4-fault round would secure her the victory, but knowing that didn’t ease any of the pressure.
“It’s almost harder in that position of going last when no one else has gone clean,” said Wright. “If there were other clean rounds I would have just tried to go clear and would have been happy with second or third, but knowing there was a chance to win put the pressure on.”
Wright and Conejito finished the tough short course in 47.183 with one rail down in the combination, which was enough to secure the victory.
Carol Wright (USA) & Conejito during the awards ceremony
“I’m so thrilled,” said Wright of her partner Conejito. “He gets lots of treats and a cold bath.” Conejito is 17 years old but shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “I joke that at 17 he’s finally getting it. He is more fit and more rambunctious than ever before,” said Wright.
We look forward to seeing Wright and Conejito next week at the Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival and then again this fall at Sacramento International!
We can’t thank Interactive Mortgage enough for sponsoring this incredible class. Interactive Mortgage, run by equestrians Gregg and Evette DeLong, also sponsors the Interactive Mortgage 10 & Under Futurity Classes which take place at the Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival as well as Sacramento International and Del Mar International.
Source: Press release from West Palms Events
Photo: © Holly Casner