Ottawa, Ontario – October 03, 2020 – Kelley Robinson (CAN) won the $30,000 Assante Wealth Management Grand Prix to close out seven weeks of show jumping competition held at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
A total of 29 competitors tackled the richest grand prix event staged in eastern Ontario this season, thanks to the generous support of sponsor Assante Wealth Management. Course designer William Dean-Stobie (CAN) set a track featuring fences measuring 1.40m in height on Wesley Clover Parks’ renowned grass jumping field. Eight horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear in the first round to set the stage for a thrilling jump-off where speed became the name of the game.
Robinson had her work cut out for her, facing off against two Canadian Olympians. Mac Cone (CAN) qualified two horses for the jump-off, Entrepreneur and Con Couleur, both owned by Mark Samuel’s Chadburn Holdings Inc., as did Amy Millar (CAN) riding Ericson and Truman. Darrin Dlin (CAN), Grant Field (CAN) and Paul Halpern (CAN) rounded out the jump-off contenders.
Hailing from nearby Russell, Ontario, where she operates Cimarron Show Stables, Robinson and her students have attended all seven weeks of the Assante Summer Series offered by Wesley Clover Parks. Robinson also won week two’s featured event, the $10,000 1.30m Terlin Construction Grand Prix, riding Lise. Blue’s Yer Daddy and Lise are horses that Robinson bred herself, and both have the same dam (mother), Robinson’s former top horse, Esprit de Lys.
“Blue’s Yer Daddy has jumped a lot of big classes for me,” said Robinson. “He has a big stride and doesn’t look like he’s going as fast as he is. I’ve known him all my life and we’ve formed a good partnership now. And Lise is small and fast, and just as competitive as her big brother!”
In a year when few competitions were held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Robinson especially appreciated the opportunity to compete with her horses and her students.
“We have a lot of really good riders in the Ottawa Valley and Wesley Clover Parks is an important venue for us,” said Robinson, 37. “It’s great to have these shows at a venue where we can compete in a big, international-caliber ring. I’m so thankful to Wesley Clover Parks for offering us so many weeks of competition and to the sponsors for putting up the money in this very strange year. It’s always great to ride here, let alone win.”
While COVID-19 restrictions were strictly adhered to, a limited number of spectators were treated to great sport and hospitality for the $30,000 Assante Wealth Management Grand Prix. The ‘Ringside Rally’ offered spectators a great view of the expansive grand prix field from the comfort of their car, complete with a picnic lunch of their choice from either the Brookstreet Hotel or the King Eddy.
Results – $30,000 1.40m Assante Wealth Management Grand Prix
Rider / Country / Horse / R1 Score / Jump-off Score / Time
1. Kelley Robinson Russell (CAN) & Blue’s Yer Daddy – 0 / 0 – 34.23
2. Amy Millar (CAN) & Truman – 0 / 0 – 34.62
3. Amy Millar (CAN) & Ericson 0 / 0 – 34.98
4. Mac Cone (CAN) & Entrepreneur – 0 / 0 – 35.44
5. Grant Field (CAN) & Baffin – 0 / 0 – 36.25
6. Paul Halpern (CAN) & Esra – 0 / 4 – 34.51
7. Darrin Dlin (CAN) & Buddy Bounce – 0 / 4 – 36.95
8. Mac Cone (CAN) & Con Couleur – 0 / 4 -38.70
Source: Press release from Jump Media for Wesley Clover Parks
Photos: © Orange Horse Studio