CSI 2*

Tiffany Foster & Vienna Fly to the Top in $72,900 Four G Surfaces Grand Prix CSI 2*

Traverse City, Michigan, USA – June 20, 2021 – The conclusion to Week II of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, kicked off Sunday afternoon in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring. A total of 35 international horse-and-athlete combinations vied for top honors in the $72,900 Four G Surfaces Grand Prix CSI 2* in the hopes of closing out the week with a win. After a valiant fight to the finish, it was Canada’s Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Artisan Farms LLC’s Vienna who claimed their rightful spot at the top of the leaderboard as the only pair to produce a double-clear effort.

Nick Granat (USA) offered a 13-fence first round course to whittle down the field of athletes who would qualify for the jump-off tie-breaker. Just seven pairs managed clear efforts, with many finding difficulty at the various triple-fence combinations on course, as well as two athletes incurring one time fault to leave them out of contention for the top prize. Jump-off competitors included Katie Laurie (AUS), Emily Ward (GBR), Jonathan Corrigan (IRL), Vani Khosla (USA), Ali Ramsay (CAN), Foster and Gustavo Prato (ARG).

Returning to the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring for one final shot at the lion’s share of the prize during Week II, Katie Laurie (AUS) and Cera Caruso, owned by Carissa McCall, were the pathfinding duo for the rest of the class. Coming off of an impressive top finish during Friday’s $36,600 Speed Classic CSI 2*, Laurie hoped to nab another win, but unfortunately had two rails on course to finish on eight faults with a time of 37.50 seconds.

Emily Ward (GBR) & Millioninmind

Emily Ward (GBR) and Millioninmind followed, also incurring faults on course after knocking one rail, completing the jump-off on four faults in a time of 39.96 seconds to slip into the top spot.

Jonathan Corrigan (IRL) & Super Chilled

Immediately after, Jonathan Corrigan (IRL) and Super Chilled also managed to take a rail from the cups, finishing on four faults just behind Ward’s time in 40.39 seconds.

After refusals from Vani Khosla (USA) riding Billy Mexico and Ali Ramsay (CAN) retiring with Bonita VH Keizershof Z, a double-clear effort was left up to just Foster and Prato. Tiffany Foster (CAN) had been knocking on the door of victory over the last two weeks, consistently finishing in the top three with Vienna. Foster and the 10-year-old Hannoverian mare entered the arena determined to conclude their time in Traverse City with a win, galloping quick across the ground and leaving all of the rails intact to complete the first double-clear effort of the day in a time of 40.11 seconds. Though Gustavo Prato (ARG) and King Van Het Keizershof would put their best foot forward, they could not catch Foster’s impressive lead to finish on 4 faults in 40.58 seconds. Ward’s quick four-fault round would ultimately lend her the second place honors, with Corrigan rounding out the top three.

Accumulating valuable points toward the 2021 CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus, Foster’s win and her previous consistent placings allowed her to slip into the second position on the leaderboard, closing the week out on a total of 27 points. Kautie Laurie’s (AUS) success over the last two weeks allowed her to hold her lead just one point ahead of Foster, concluding on a total of 28 points. Keeping a top position on the leaderboard after two major wins during Week I of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, Israel’s Daniel Bluman (ISR) currently sits in the third position with a total of 24 points. Offering show jumping competitors the chance to accumulate points throughout the 12-week Traverse City Horse Shows series, the bonus is awarded to the athlete with the most points at the conclusion of the 2021 $230,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. The CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus is a highly sought-after prize among the field of international competitors that attend Traverse City Horse Shows.

The third and final week of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, will kick-off Wednesday, June 23. Week III will conclude with the highlight show jumping event, the $137,000 Staller Grand Prix CSI 3*, set to take place Sunday, June 27.

Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Vienna with the Four G Surfaces team, photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography

The Winner’s Circle

On producing the only double-clear effort:

“Those are the worst because you don’t know what to do, because if you start too slow then you have one rail down and you can’t catch up. Vienna is a very, very fast horse and I was trying to stay confident. She has been so consistent here, she hasn’t had one rail in both weeks. I think she has been in the top three of every class she has jumped. I just trusted her quality, took a little risk into the last double combination but I thought that she would handle it. She is really good off of her right lead, risk management, but it paid off! My working student Emily Ward was second place; she’s a little mad that I beat her but she loves Vienna, so I think she will forgive me!”

On Vienna:

“She’s an incredible horse and she is of my longtime sponsor Andy Ziegler, she is his absolutely favorite darling horse. We bought her as a six year old from Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut. She has been a fantastic horse. She was produced in England and she has been a winner from day one, she loves to win. When you come back for that second round she is fired up. You can tell she knows and she’s an awesome horse.”

On Traverse City Horse Shows:

“I came here about 10 years ago with Caitlin Ziegler to jump the children’s jumpers and the facility has been improved, the show is run beautifully. It’s really world-class and I will definitely be back.” 

Final Results – $72,900 Four G Surfaces Grand Prix CSI 2*

Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults / R2 Faults | R2 Time

1) Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Vienna – 0 / 0 – 40.11

2) Emily Ward (GBR) & Millioninmind – 0 / 4 – 39.96

3) Jonathan Corrigan (IRL) & Super Chilled – 0 / 4 – 40.39

4) Gustavo Prato (ARG) & King Van Het Keizershof – 0 / 4 – 40.58

5) Katie Laurie (AUS) & Cera Caruso– 0 / 8 – 37.50

6) Vani Khosla (USA) & Billy Mexico – 0 /68.48 / EL

7) Ali Ramsay (CAN) & Bonita VH Keizershof Z – 0 / 69.69 / WD

8) Lisa Carlsen (CAN) & Livestream 2 – 1 / 73.76

9) Saree Gordon-Solanki (ISR) & Loro Piana Ebony MSF – 1 / 76.54

10) Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Brighton – 4 / 68.74

11) Victoria Colvin (USA) & Gemino – 4 / 68.79

12) Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Easy Girl – 4 / 69.64

Source: Press Release by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group for Traverse City Horse Shows

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography