Traverse City, Michigan, USA – July 25, 2021 – After weather canceling the first two Major League Show Jumping (MLJS) classes of the day, the $36,600 Speed Stake CSI 5*, held under a table C format, proved to be worth the wait. A total of 17 entries contested for the top honors, creating a tight leaderboard with thrilling competition in the penalty-converted-into time challenge .
Ultimately, the podium was frmed in the second half of the class. Christian Heineking (GER) taking the lead despite having one rail down, 4 penalty-points in 57.69 seconds, giving her a total 61.69 seconds aboard NKH Cento Blue (Centadel x Chacco-Blue).
Heineking was shortly overtaken by Andrew Bourns (IRL) and his own Darquito (D’inzeo 6 x Contefino 2), who created a new time to beat in 59.78 seconds.
In the end, it was Ilan Ferder’s 9-year-old Norwegian Warmblood mare, Classic Penny, who clinched the win with Erynn Ballard (CAN) in the irons, riding a brilliant 56.04 performance.
Final Results – $36,600 1.45m Speed Stake CSI 5*
1) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Classic Penny – 0 – 56.04
2) Andrew Bourns (IRL) & Darquito – 0 – 59.78
3) Christian Heineking (GER) & NKH Cento Blue – 4 + 57.69 = 61.69
Source: Press Release by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group for Traverse City Horse Shows
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography