San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – October 28, 2021 – The Otomí Grand Prix CSI 5* & 2*, event that hosts the seventh leg of Major League Show Jumping got off to a great start on Thursday at Otomí Club Hípico. The time to beat narrowed quickly in the jump-off for the Mezcal Es Oaxaca CSI5* 1.50m, but Ireland’s Conor Swail (IRL) was the one who could not be caught.
He and Count Me In, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Count Grannus x Sherlock Holmes) left the field the eventual victors on Thursday as Major League Show Jumping made its debut at Otomí Residencial Hípico in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The duo advanced to and completed their jump-off effort flawlessly, securing top honors in 38.34 seconds.
Swail bested Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Ubiluc (Ubiko x Lucian) by a over a second, with the latter two earning silver honors after a penalty-free jump-off effort in 39.68 seconds.
The contest featured not only riders from the Americas but several from Europe too. Jana Wargers (GER) claimed third place aboard Limbridge (Limbus x Cambridge), guiding the stallion across the finish line in 39.91 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Still a relatively new mount for Swail, he purchased the gelding together with a dear friend from Ireland.
“He’s been on a good run of form,” said Swail. “He is so much quality and very enjoyable to ride. At 14, some people say he’s never going to learn anymore, but I would disagree with that. I’ve ridden a few older ones and they can always do what you ask of them as long as they understand.”
Major League Show Jumping continues with the $200,000 MLSJ Team Competition on Friday afternoon at 3pm CT when Swail will make his premiere on team Eye Candy after being picked up by the series-leading team during the fall trade window.
Final Results – $ 1,110,000 Ranking Mexcal Es Oaxaca CSI 5*
1) Conor Swail (IRL) & Count Me In – 0 / 0 – 38.34
2) Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Ubiluc – 0 / 0 – 39.68
3) Jana Wargers (GER) & Limbridge – 0 / 0 – 39.91
Source: Newsletter Release (edited) from Major League Show Jumping
Photos: © Otomí Grand Prix / Major League Show Jumping / Lindsay Brock