Ottawa, Ontario – July 15, 2021 – It was a hometown win as Kelley Robinson (CAN) of Russell, ON, claimed victory in the $20,000 Open Welcome held Thursday, July 15, at Wesley Clover Parks in the nation’s capital.
The first of two weeks of back-to-back show jumping competition comprising the Ottawa Summer Tournaments attracted a starting field of 20 entries for the $20,000 Open Welcome. Competing over a track set by course designer Mike Pegg of Uxbridge, ON, six horse-rider combinations produced clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. Three other competitors – Paul Halpern (CAN), Canadian Olympic team silver medalist Jill Henselwood (CAN), and Susan Horn (CAN) – left all the jumps in place but incurred time faults for exceeding the 89-second time allowed.
As the fourth of six riders to return for the tie-breaking jump-off, Robinson (CAN) moved into the lead with a clear round in a time of 40.92 seconds riding Blue’s Yer Daddy. Francois Lamontagne (CAN) of Saint-Eustache, QC, was next to challenge with Chanel du Calvaire but one rail down meant that Robinson remained at the top of the leaderboard. It was all up to Hyde Moffatt (CAN) of Brantford, ON, as the last to go riding Grafton for owner Ariel Grange. When the first fence of the jump-off course came down, the victory went to Robinson.
“I was a little worried because there were some faster horses in the jump-off but he got the job done,” said Robinson (CAN) in praise of Blue’s Yer Daddy, her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Mr. Blue x Lys de Darmen) that stands 17.3hh. “He has a big stride, and he is the king of the leave-out. He’s a big horse and he loves this big ring. He was wonderful!”
Finishing in second behind Robinson (CAN) was Moffatt (CAN) with his first jump-off entry, Donjo. Moffatt (CAN) and the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zirocco Blue VDL x Ahorn) were clear in a time of 42.38 seconds. Adrien Lemieux (CAN) of Granby, QC, produced the only other double clear round performance to place third riding Elle PS, a nine-year-old grey Oldenburg mare (Eldorado vd Zeshoek x Canabis Z) for owner Mark Samuel’s Chadburn Holdings Inc.
One of the main draws for competitors is the opportunity to compete on Wesley Clover Parks’ grass grand prix field, the only one of its kind in eastern Canada.
“The course was nicely built, pretty friendly, but still difficult enough that the course designer didn’t get too many clears,” said Robinson of the track for the $20,000 Open Welcome. “We really thank this horse show for having this beautiful ring; it’s so nice to be on grass. Competing in front of my friends and family in this beautiful grass ring are my favourite things. I love coming to this show.”
Robinson (CAN) and the students from her Cimarron Show Stables have a total of 16 horses showing at this week’s Ottawa Summer Tournaments, plus she helps train several other competitors from the Ottawa area. Her fans will have lots to cheer for when she and Blue’s Yer Daddy take to the field for Saturday’s $50,000 Steel-Craft Grand Prix beginning at 4 p.m.
As access to the competition site is limited to essential persons only, spectators are not permitted at this year’s Ottawa Summer Tournaments. Fans can follow the action on-line as Saturday’s $50,000 Steel-Craft Grand Prix will be live-streamed by CBC Sports, and viewers can catch all the action from the grand prix field via Facebook Live. Live streaming is presented by Mark Motors Group.
Final Results – $20,000 Open Welcome
1) Kelley Robinson (CAN) & Blue’s Yer Daddy – 0 / 0 – 40.92
2) Hyde Moffatt (CAN) & Donjo – 0 / 0 – 42.38
3) Adrien Lemieux (CAN) & Elle PS – 0 / 0 – 45.33
4) Chloe Parker (CAN) & G. Balou – 0 / 4 – 41.77
5) Francois Lamontagne (CAN) & Chanel du Calvaire – 0 / 4 – 41.96
6) Hyde Moffatt (CAN) & Grafton – 0 / 4 – 43.39
7) Susan Horn (CAN) & Dominka vd Lucashoeve – 1
8) Paul Halpern (CAN) & Esra – 1
9) Jill Henselwood (CAN) & Eblesse – 1
10) Mac Cone (CAN) & Con Coleur – 4
Source: Press Release from by Jennifer Ward / Jump Media for Les Tournois Équestres D’Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments
Photo: © Ben Radvanyi Photography