CSI 5*

Jacqueline Steffens & Cat Ninja Turn on the Nitro to Win $37,000 Yvel Winning Round CSI 5*

Traverse City, Michigan, USA – August 05, 2022 – Canada’s Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) is on a roll since joining the Major League Show Jumping tour in 2021, securing her second CSI 5* win aboard the Eye Candy Jumpers-owned Cat Ninja. The win Saturday afternoon came in the $37,000 Winning Round Yvel CSI 5*.]

“I’m really pleased with my horse,” Jacqueline, member of Team Eye Candy, said of the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (VDL Zirocco Blue x Corland). “She was fantastic today. She really really tried and put in a great effort.”

Over Cedric Longis’s (FRA) first-round course, Steffens was one of 10 to jump clear and be invited to the short course with a clean slate, racing around the jump-off track, she set the time to beat at 46.46 seconds.

Paul O’Shea (IRL) & Hellcat

The only one to come close was her own trainer, Paul O’Shea (IRL) with Team Eye Candy’s Hellcat (Cassander van het Bremhof x Conan Z) in 46.87 seconds.

Lacey Gilbertson (USA) & Damzelle Ste Hermelle

In third place was Lacey Gilbertson (USA) with Damzelle Ste Hermelle (Upercut Kervec x Paladin des Ifs), owned by Seabrook LLC, in 48.70 seconds.

“Cat Ninja is such a fighter,” Steffens continued. “She has a massive stride which is one of the things that really helped us today cover ground quickly. In the first round I gave her a couple spots that weren’t ideal and she really fought for it. She’s a pleasure to ride.”

Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) & Cat Ninja during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $37,000 Winning Round Yvel CSI 5*

1) Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) & Cat Ninja – 0 / 0 – 46.46

2) Paul O’Shea (IRL) & Hellcat – 0 / 0 – 46.87

3) Lacey Gilbertson (USA) & Damzelle Ste Hermelle – 0 / 0 – 48.70

Source: Press Release from Traverse City Horse Shows

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography