Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – August 25, 2022 – It wasn’t until halfway through the course that Canadian Sam Walker decided to go for the win in the Zenith Consulting Two-Phase CSI 5* on opening day of Major League Show Jumping – Ottawa five-star competition at Wesley Clover Parks. The original plan was for a warm-up, but Walker felt Evita, a 13-year-old Royal Dutch Sport Horse (Dutch Warmblood) mare (Canturano x Farmer), had enough in the tank to ride for a ribbon.
Walker led the victory gallop for owner Marbill Hill Farm in front of a home crowd at a show he has been competing at for as long as he can remember. Just off his pace, Alberto Michan (ISR) and Bugatti took second for owner Eduardo Leon. Third-place was awarded to Catherine Tyree (USA) riding her own Newton van het Krekelhof.
Walker will compete Evita in the MLSJ Team Competition on Saturday for the Canadian-powered ShowPlus Northern Lights.
Winner’s Circle – Sam Walker (CAN)
“This show is really cool because I remember showing here for my entire life. My parents brought me here when I was a little kid. I’ve always had great success here, and I love riding on this field. I’m going to ride Evita for the team on Saturday so I think this is a good start to the week. I’m looking forward to riding with Darrin [Dlin] and Taylor [St. Jacques]. They have some stellar horses and we are all really hungry. “
Major League Show Jumping continues at Wesley Clover Parks’ Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments in Ottawa, Ontario, through August 28. To view thecomplete schedule, click here .
Final Results – Zenith Consulting Inc. CSI 5*
1) Sam Walker (CAN) & Evita – 31.80
2) Alberto Michan (ISR) & Bugatti – 32.79
3) Catherine Tyree (USA) & Newton Van Het Krekelhof – 33.63
Source: Press Release from Major League Show Jumping
Photo: © MLSJ / Ashley Neuhof