Monterrey, Mexico – November 06, 2022 – Team Helios has perfected a winning formula. The team stormed to a staggering fifth victory in the Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) Team Competition CSI 5* at Club Hípico La Silla in Monterrey, Mex. on Sunday. Eugenio Garza (MEX), Karl Cook (USA) and Simon McCarthy (IRL) were tapped for the team this week by manager Ashlee Bond (ISR), and dominated in front of an eager crowd over tracks built by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA).
A first-round clear from hometown hero Eugenio Garza (MEX) and Victer Finn DH Z, a 14-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Va Vite x Stakkato), set Helios on course for yet another win.
Solid performances in the second round from Garza and Simon McCarthy (IRL), riding Gotcha, an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare (Stakkato x Cassini I), sent Cook to the gold-medal match against the Trailblazers’ Patricio Pasquel (MEX).
Selected as the anchor, Karl Cook (USA) and Caillou 24, a 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Casall x San Patrignano Corrado), were last to go and did exactly what they needed for gold.
Helios has also clocked MLSJ team wins this season in Vancouver, BC, Traverse City, MI, Toronto, ON, and most recently in San Miguel de Allende, Mex, just two weeks ago.
The Trailblazers’ Patricio Pasquel (MEX), Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Lillie Keenan (USA) settled for the silver medal, while 2021 series champions Eye Candy continue to creep up the standings after a bronze-medal finished from the all-Irish squad of Paul O’Shea (IRL), Conor Swail (IRL) and team rookie Richie Moloney (IRL).
Winner’s Circle – Team Helios
“The goal is usually about speed in the first round, but here it didn’t matter. So, it was just about as little faults as possible. We put the two boys in for the second round because they were going to be faster than me, or we felt that there was more likelihood of them being able to take more risks. Putting me into the gold-medal round meant I just had to beat one person. Thankfully, our plan worked and we’re here.” ~ Karl Cook (USA)
“I think a big part of why it’s been such a fun team is because even the riders like Ashlee that are not riding today are involved. Knowing what we had to do today was all based on the communication that we got from both Bliss and Ashlee, and I think they were instrumental in securing the win. It helps to have a team that is so eager to win, and I think we all want to win.” ~ Eugenio Garza (MEX)
“We’ve said throughout the season that there’s no weak link at all. That’s a very good feeling to go in there knowing that you can give it your all and no matter what happens, the team is going to be happy with you. As the least experienced rider on the team, having all of the experience around me gives me confidence in the ring, and I can definitely feel my horses rising to that as well.” ~ Simon McCarthy (IRL)
“I think we can all say that the better the camaraderie is, the better you do in the ring. We’re just a group of friends, we all came together with the same goal and we all really love each other. We’re like a big family and it’s paying off. The proof is in the winning. So, here we go for the last three.” ~ Ashlee Bond (ISR)
MLSJ will return to Club Hípico La Silla in Monterrey, Mex, for stage 8 of MLSJ next week from November 10-13. To view a complete schedule, click here.
Final Results – Major League Show Jumping of Monterrey CSI 5* at Club Hípico La Silla
1) Team Helios
2) Team Trailblazers
3) Team Eye Candy
Source: Press Release from MLSJ – Major League Show Jumping
Photos: © MLSJ / Ashley Neuhof