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Andrew Kocher & Dyrusa H Dash for the Cash in $40,000 Welcome Class CSI 3*-W in Columbus

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Columbus, Ohio, USA – October 4, 2019 – Andy Kocher (USA) turned in a blazing jump-off ride on Dyrusa H to claim victory in the $40,000 Welcome Class CSI 3*-W at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s (SRJT) Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Columbus CSI3*-W at Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio. The class set the field for Sunday’s culminating event, the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Columbus CSI 3*-W Presented by CaptiveOne.

Ten of 65 starters reached the jump-off by riding fault-free over the 16-effort, first-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany. Eight returned for the eight-effort, jump-off course and with one left the go, the lead was held by Dutch Olympic veteran Harrie Smolders (NED) who had gone clean in a quick 36.780 seconds on Hocus Pocus de Muze (Tinka’s Boy x For Pleasure).

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Andy Kocher (USA) & Dyrusa H

Going all out for the win, Kocher had his 11-year-old Dutch-bred mare (Zirocco Blue VDL x Corland) at full speed before they hit the timers and stayed ahead of Smolders’s pace throughout the course. A little luck would be needed though as Dyrusa H hit two rails hard, with one even bouncing up out of the cups; nothing came down, however, and when Kocher finished in 36.480 seconds he had the win.

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Andy Kocher (USA) & Dyrusa H

“I knew I was fast but it seemed like all I heard was rails coming down,” Kocher joked afterwards. “I honestly didn’t know whether they had come down or not but people kept yelling to go so I figured they must have stayed up! Harrie was really fast so I knew we had to go all out and I’m really happy to win.”

Placing third behind Kocher and Smolders was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) on Akuna Mattata (Quinar x Landwind II) with a clean ride in 37.610 seconds. Fourth went to David Blake of Ireland with a clean ride in 38.040 seconds on Keoki.

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Source: Press release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for Split Rock Jumping Tour
Photos: © Winslow Photography