Paso Robles, California, USA – September 08, 2023 – The Lugano Diamonds Split Rock Jumping Tour (SRJT) returned to Paso Robles, California for the second year in a row. This year saw a CSI2* rating and featured the $38,700 Welcome CSI 2* 1.45m on Friday, September 8th.
Ultimately, it was Brazil’s Cassio Rivetti (BRA) and Nadale van Dorperheide (Zilverstar T x Winningmood), owned by Ilan Ferder, who took the top spot after navigating Anderson Lima’s (BRA) jump-off track with ease, picking up their second FEI win of the week.
The first round of competition saw 46 athletes from five different countries, 14 jumping efforts, and a tight time-allowed of 74 seconds. The first clear came sixth in the order and was produced by Karrie Rufer (USA) with Stern Dei Folletti, finishing just within the time in 73.54 seconds. Throughout the remainder of the class, many fell victim to fence six’s plank, the skinny vertical, and the second combination: a vertical-oxer on the rail of the VIP tent. Only six pairs emerged fault-free and within the allotted time.
The tie-breaking round was made of up eight obstacles and included two new fences, the Split Rock oxer and the colorful Dalman horse head oxer as the final effort.
Karrie Rufer (USA) and Morning Star Sporthorses’ Stern Dei Folletti were the first to challenge the shortened course, and were the first to produce a double-clear finish in a time of 37.66 seconds.
Savannah Jenkins (USA) and Etalon, owned by Christine Maclean and Brent Therrien, put in a strong challenge, crossing the timers in 37.29 seconds to overtake the lead.
Last to go, Rivetti utilized the 10-year-old gelding’s large stride by doing one less in the turn back to fence nine, the C. Jarvis oxer, to blaze through the timers in 36.50 seconds. Friday marked Rivetti’s second consecutive win with Nadale van Dorperheide, after also earning the victory on Thursday in the $10,000 Morning Star Sporthorses Speed CSI 2*. Jenkins ended in second place, while Rufer settled for third.
Final Results – $38,700 Welcome CSI 2* – 1.45m
1) Cassio Rivetti (BRA) & Nadale van Dorperheide – 0 / 0 – 36.500
2) Savannah Jenkins (USA) & Etalon – 0 / 0 – 37.290
3) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Stern dei Folletti – 0 / 0 – 37.660
Source: Press Release from Split Rock Jumping Tour
Photos: © SRJT / Winslow Photography