CSI 3*

Cormac Hanley & RMF Chacco Accelerate to Win $36,600 Speed Classic CSI 3* at Traverse City

Traverse City, Michigan – July 08, 2021 – The first week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, saw international show jumping competition kick off Thursday afternoon in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring with the $36,600 Speed Classic CSI3*. Crossing the finish line the quickest was Ireland’s Cormac Hanley (IRL) and RMF Chacco Top who took home top honors in the first international class of the week. Karl Cook (USA) and Ircos IV finished second and Oliva Chowdry (USA) and Balkana Du Tillard rounded out the top three respectively. 

The expansive course designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX) saw 60 top international athletes and 26 horse-and-rider combinations put down clear efforts. The track included multiple bending lines, rollbacks and plenty of options for riders to make up time. The path finder Quentin Judge (USA) and HH Zorro Z were quick and clear and held the lead with 65.70 seconds until the pair in the order of go, Hanley (IRL), entered the ring with Rushy Marsh Farm LLC’s RMF Chacco Top mount.  

Hanley (IRL) and the 12-year-old Hanovarian stallion blazed around the arena to the finish in 61.07 seconds, overtaking Judge (USA) and HH Zorro Z’s time with ease to take over the lead with a fast and faultless effort. Making tight turns and leaving out strides in the course’s long lines, Hanley (IRL) and RMF Chacco Top remained unchallenged for much of the class with their impressively quick time. This marked Hanley’s fourth win of the week after taking the top spot in the Equiline 1.30m, 1.35m Jumper and 1.40m Jumper on Wednesday. 

Karl Cook (USA) & Ircos IV

Karl Cook (USA) crossed the timers in 61.34 seconds aboard Signe Ostby’s 13-year-old Belgium Warmblood gelding, Ircos IV. The pair’s tight turns from fences two to three and seven and eight proved to be faster to shave time, although just fractions of a second divided the top two placings leaving Cook (USA) and Ircos IV with the second place ribbon for the day.

Olivia Chowdry (USA) & Balkana du Tillard

Rounding out the top three was Chowdry (USA) and Balkana du Tillard. Chowdry (USA) and the Atlas Equine Holding LLC’s 10-year-old Selle Francais mare finished just about three-tenths of a second behind Cook (USA) in 61.68 seconds. Hungry to best her own time, and that of Hanley, Chowdry (USA) also returned to the ring with her second mount, Chuckberry 8, tripping the timers in a unbelievable 57.93 seconds, but knocking an unfortunate rail at the second to last jump. With her effort aboard Balkana Du Tillard, Chowdry (USA) settled for the third place ribbon. 

Hanley’s (IRL) win allowed him to earn eight valuable points toward the 2021 CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus, placing him on the leaderboard for a shot at taking home the top prize. Cook’s success in the $137,000 Staller Grand Prix CSI 3* during Week III of the Traverse Spring Horse Show (TCS), presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, already garnered him points toward the bonus, with Thursday’s second place finish allowing him to move into the fourth palace position on a total of 21 points.

Australia’s Katie Laurie (AUS) continues to sit in the top position with 42 points after consistent placings throughout the entire Traverse City Spring Horse Show, while Canada’s Tiffany Foster (CAN) still holds her second place spot with 27 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.

International show jumping competition during Week I of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, will continue Friday, July 9, featuring the $36,600 Keyser Welcome Stake CSI 3*. The week will culminate in the $137,000 Meijer Grand Prix CSI 3*, set to kick-off Sunday afternoon.

Cormac Hanley (IRL) & RMF Chacco Top during the awards ceremony

Winner’s CircleCormac Hanley (IRL) – $36,600 Speed Classic CSI 3* Winner

On starting off the week with multiple victories:

“It’s been amazing. I won three classes in this ring yesterday, then the [1.40m this morning and now the opening FEI class! I can’t be happier.”

On RMF Chacco Top:

“I honestly haven’t had him long. I got him after the [Winter Equestrian Festival] circuit at a small show there. Then we came up to Kentucky and did the spring show. He was very good and actually won the Under 25 [Grand Prix] there. We took a couple weeks off then did the Split Rock Jumping tour, where he won another FEI class with me. He’s such a fantastic horse and we seem to have just clicked really fast. I have a lot of faith in him and he trusts me a lot. I think that’s very important. He’s had a lot of really good riders, and he’s won with every rider, so it’s nice that I can keep it going a little bit and not get in the way of the horse.”

On Olivia Chowdry’s quick ride:

“[Olivia] was just in after me on my second horse so I didn’t get to see her, but Olivia is always fast and I knew she was one of the hot shots I was going to have to watch out for. Unfortunately she had the second to last jump down, but her horse showed fantastic too.”

On showing at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by Captive One Advisors:

“It’s amazing. This is my first time here, I arrived last Saturday and had a bit of a look around. The show ring is amazing, the footing, and there hasn’t been a puddle anywhere. So far so good!”

Final Results – $36,600 Speed Classic CSI 3*

1) Cormac Hanley (IRL) & RMF Chacco Top – 0 / 61.07

2) Karl Cook (USA) & Ircos IV – 0 / 61.34

3) Olivia Chowdry (USA) & Balkana Du Tillard – 0 / 61.68

4) Kyle King (USA) & Coffee To Go – 0 / 61.90

5) John Perez Bohm (COL) & Gerdinieke – 0 / 62.00

6) Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR) & Argan De Beliard – 0 / 62.25

7) Nicolas Pizarro (MEX) & Hubalia – 0 / 62.84

8) Kaitlin Campbell (USA) & Dandy  – 0 / 63.02

9) Gavin Harley (IRL) & Very Chic Du Tillard – 0 / 63.62

10) Alexis Sokolov (USA) & Fasole Du Seigneur – 0 / 64.51

11) Juan Carlos Martin Del Campo (MEX) & La Costa – 0 / 64.53

12) Saree Gordon Solanki (ISR) & Loro Piana Ebony MSF – 0 / 64.56

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

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography / Phelps Sports / Emma Miller