Aiken, South Carolina, USA – November 6, 2020 – Aaron Vale (USA) rode Elusive to victory in the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome CSI 2* class at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s (SRJT) new event, the Aiken International CSI2*. Operating under COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, the show will run through Sunday at Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park in Aiken, South Carolina.
“I want to thank everyone for the great turnout we have here this week,” said Derek Braun, Split Rock Jumping Tour‘s founder and CEO. “The support of our exhibitors and sponsors is vital to our efforts to put on a world-class event like this and I thank everyone for helping us make this event so successful!”
Out of a starting field of 47 horses, Vale was one of five to reach the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump, first-round course designed by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA). Two entries then turned in another clean round over the seven-jump, jump-off course with Vale claiming the win with the fastest time of 39.510 seconds.
Placing second was Abigail McArdle (USA) with no faults and a time of 40.760 seconds on Victorio 5 (Uccello x Graf Top).
Third place was claimed by Andrea Torres-Guerreiro (COL) who finished with eight penalty-points in 41.320 seconds on Fifty Shades (Call Me Number One x Sion).
“We’re excited to come to Aiken to have a good horse show before the end of the year. It seems to be working out,” said Vale. “I think the atmosphere here (Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park) drives you a little bit too. It’s got a little more atmosphere that gives you more energy and focus, it’s working.”
To help maintain proper social distancing, everyone is encouraged to utilize the SRJT app. The app can be used to file entries, to add/scratch, and for start lists and course designs. The app also provides live results, live streaming, video clips, notifications, announcements, and much more. Click here to download!
All classes can be watched live, free of charge, on the SRJT app and website (www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com). The SRJT Livestream is Presented by Restylane®.
Now in its sixth year, the SRJT has been revolutionizing the way the sport of show jumping is presented in the U.S. and has been creating a truly “unparalleled show jumping experience” for competitors, sponsors and spectators alike. Competing in the SRJT is unlike any other American horse show experience. SRJT competitions offer top prize money, extravagant awards, and numerous first-class amenities not typically found at any other horse show.
The Aiken International CSI2* is hosting a full schedule of show jumping classes ranging in height from .85m to 1.45m with classes for juniors, amateurs and top professionals. The schedule includes three FEI classes – the $10,000 1.40m FEI Speed class on Thursday, the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome on Friday, and the week’s culminating event, the $100,000 1.45m FEI Grand Prix on Sunday.
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Source: Press release from Split Rock Jumping Tour
Photos: © Winslow Photography