Lexington, Kentucky, USA – November 02, 2023 – International show jumping competition made its debut at the 2023 National Horse Show (NHS) on Thursday, November 2nd. Welcoming some of the world’s top show jumping athletes and their mounts, the CSI4*-W designated competition featured a star-studded lineup of 29 horse-and-rider pairs. At the conclusion of the two rounds, it was Rene Dittmer (GER) and Corsica X who secured the top spot in the spectacle class of the day, winning the $73,800 International Welcome Stake CSI 4*-W, presented by North Star.
Course designer Alan Wade’s (IRE) 12-effort track proved troublesome for the first few pairs in the Alltech, as spectators did not see a clear round until the 8th combination in the order, Katherine Dinan (USA) and Dijon Terdoorn Z. Jad Dana (LBN) and Caro W forced a jump-off three rides later. At the conclusion of the first portion of the class, there were a total of nine qualified riders who advanced to the jump-off.
Mark Bluman (COL) and Blue Star Investments and Over The Top Stables LLC’s Ubiluc, an 11-year-old Mecklenburg Stallion, set the time to beat in the jump-off posting the first clear with a time of 27.36 seconds. Coming into the ring shortly after was Dittmer and Mark Miness’s Corsica X, a 10-year-old Holsteiner mare. Dittmer, who has been on a winning streak throughout the indoor season, left it all in the Alltech Arena, besting Bluman for the lead with a final time of 27.07 seconds ultimately securing the first-place position.
“I got her about one and a half years ago, and we started slowly starting in the 1.30s. And then, this year, she really made her way up and it could not have gone better.” said Dittmer about his partnership with Corsica X.
Bluman secured the second-place finish with his speedy, clear round. Rounding out the podium was Brian Moggre (USA) and Mager Wager’s MTM Vivre le Reve, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding. Moggre went last in the order and finished clear with a time of 28.38 seconds.
Competition at the 2023 National Horse Show continues Friday, November 3rd at 7 a.m. with the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under under saddle class. Jumper action will return to the Alltech Arena at 6:30 pm with the Horseflight $10,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Time First Round. Following this class is the $36,600 International Speed 238.2.1 at 8:30 pm.
Final Results – $77,300 International Welcome Stake CSI 4*-W, presented by North Star for the The Walter B. Devereux Memorial Challenge Trophy
1) Rene Dittmer (GER) & Corsica X – 0 / 0 – 27.07
2) Mark Bluman (COL) & Ubiluc – 0 / 0 – 27.36
3) Brian Moggre (USA) & MTM Vivre Le Reve – 0 / 0 – 28.38
Source: Press Release from the National Horse Show
Photos: © NHS / Jillian Eberlein for Phelps Sports