Toronto, Ontario, Canada – August 20, 2022 – Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Gemma W were the definite ones to beat during MLSJ Toronto at Angelstone Tournaments. After clinching the qualifier earlier in the week, Bluman and Gemma W, an 11-year-old Royal Dutch Sport Horse mare (Luidam x Unaniem) owned by Blue Star investments ended on a high note by winning the $214,300 Kubota Grand Prix CSI 5*.
After Kent Farrington (USA) pulled a jump-off rail on Creedance, the door was open for Bluman to take the victory as the last to return in a seven-horse second round.
But, he had to best the blazing time of Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace (Cardenio 2 x Contender) first. Before Daniel’s second performance, Vanderveen had set what many thought would be the winning effort in 36.27 seconds.
Bluman and his 11-year-old grey Dutch Warmblood mare (Luidam x Unaniem) did just that, taking the win by a full second after crossing the final timers in 35.30 seconds.
Erynn Ballard (CAN) rounded out the top three for the home nation riding Narcotique van het Dingenshof, owned by Ilan Ferder.
Winner‘s Circle – Daniel Bluman (ISR)
“Having to go last always give you an advantage, especially when you have a horse that can go as fast as Gemma. Kristen rode a beautiful jump-off but I think my horse is faster and I did one stride less to the combination. This year, we have collected the experiences from previous seasons and we know our strengths and weaknesses. It was good jumping tonight and she felt in great form. “
Major League Show Jumping continues in Canada next week with a debut at Wesley Clover Parks‘ Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments in Ottawa, ON, through August 28. To view a complete schedule, click here.
Final Results – $214,000 Kubota Grand Prix CSI 5*
1) Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Gemma W – 0 / 0 – 35.30
2) Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Prince of Peace – 0 / 0 – 36.27
3) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Narcotiqu V/H Dingenshof – 0 / 0 – 37.26
Source: Press Release from Major League Show Jumping
Photos: © Angelstone Events / Mackenzie Clark / Spowartholm