Thermal, California, USA – January 20, 2020 – Ali Ramsay (CAN) and Lutz flew to the top of the leaderboard in the $100,000 Horseflight Grand Prix at The Desert International Horse Park.
The Canadian and the 11-year-old chestnut Westphalian gelding (Lordanos x Pilot) halted the jump-off timers at 36.649 seconds for the victory.
Keri Potter (USA)) and Jiminy Cricket, owned by Melanie Brooks, took second place for their performance of 37.353 seconds.
Rich Fellers (USA) and his own Lux Lady, claimed third-place honors with a time of 37.507 seconds.
First to go in the jump-off, Keri Potter set a difficult time to beat. Ramsay, who was second to last in the jump-off, had a plan, “ I just knew I had to go for it and I knew he was with me so I could take a bit of a risk and it paid off.”
Lutz has been a part of Ramsay’s string of horses since last April. “We’ve actually had a really solid partnership together since then and we have just been building on it,” Ramsay also shared that Lutz does have a personality of his own, “He is quite sassy and he’s got a lot of attitude, especially at the beginning of the tour here [Desert International Horse Park]. He’s nice and fresh and is letting me know it.”
Ramsay shared she plans to stay for the duration of the circuit and is enjoying the improvements around the facility, “It’s really exciting to see the new horse park, it feels different, and it’s really nice to be here.“
This Grand Prix win will put Lutz at the top of the Great American Insurance Group Leading Jumper Rider Board and in standings to qualify for the Week VIII Grand Prix Invitational that Ramsay aspires to qualify for, “That’s the goal!”
Source: Press release by Karla Campbell for Desert International Horse Park
Photos: © ESI Photography