Ocala, Florida – March 17, 2023 – Aaron Vale (USA) took home the win in the $55,000 Longines Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 4* 1.55m speed class riding 10-year-old mare I.Adermie R on the first day of show jumping competition at Live Oak International.
Over a track designed by course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) that saw 14 horse and rider combinations complete clear rounds, Aaron Vale (USA) and I.Adermie R (Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R) were not to be beat with an impressive time of 64.20 seconds.
“It was a great win for me here at Live Oak International. I’ve had I.Adermie R for a year and a half and this is her third win in a row. She’s a winning machine. It is just a beautiful place here and the footing was just perfect. It felt great out there,” said Aaron Vale. “I’m really looking forward to competing out there tomorrow and Sunday.”
Americans took the first and second spots in today’s big class with Will Simpson (USA) abroad Chacco P (Chacco-Blue x Elite), finishing second with a time of 65.51 seconds.
Ireland’s Gisborne VDL (VDL Zirocco Blue x Goodtimes) with Daniel Coyle (IRL) in the stirrups was third finishing with a time of 67.01 seconds.
Competition continues tomorrow with the exciting, combined driving marathon phase and more world class show jumping. Also tomorrow, Saturday March 18, attendees will get to take in a special presentation by the Budweiser Clydesdales. The tournament will continue rain or shine.
Final Results – $55,000 Longines Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 4*-W
1) Aaron Vale (USA) & I Ardemie R – 0 – 64.20
2) Will Simpson (USA) & Chacco P – 0 – 65.51
3) Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Gisborne VDL – 0 –67.01
Source: Press Release from Live Oak International
Photo: © Live Oak International / Erin Gilmore Photography
Categories: CSI 4*, English, Jumper News USA