The British rider Emily Moffitt was a surprise, but very strong victory in a class dominated by women. (Photo © Taylor Renner)
British rider Emily Moffitt took the third 2017 FEI victory and sixth in her career, winning the $130,000 CP International Open Jumper.
Closing the second day of the CSI4* CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Emily Moffitt gave a perfect reading the jump-off with her 10-year-old stallion Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve (Dulf van den Bisschop x Querlybet Hero) owned by Poden Farms, representing the most important victory of her career.
The class in dispute that was presented by Suncast Commercial on course designed by Canadian Michel Vaillancourt, awarded 100 World Ranking Points for Emily Moffitt to lead the tiebreaker round with 17 classified riders and registering a time of 35.70 seconds.
In what was a real women dominance, the second place was by two-time American Olympic medalist Laura Kraut with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact me x Cambridge) owned by St. Bride’s Farm at 36.99 seconds, followed in third place by four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden with 9-year-old stallion Darry Lou (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve) owned by Abigail Wexner, with a time of 37.26 seconds.
The double clear round extended to fifth place with Sayre Happy occupying fourth place accompanied by the 9-year-old mare Dolinn (Cardento x Lux) in 42.51 seconds and fifth place the Pan American gold medalist Christine McCrea in 42.83 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Nektarina B (Nekton x Lancer II).
The best time of the jump-off was for Lucy Deslauriers next to the 12-year-old gelding Hester (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro vd Begijnakker) in 34.75 seconds, but they knocked down a pole that left her in seventh place.
By the Latino Ranking Roberto Terán of Colombia participated in the jump-off, but completed his journey in 8 fouls and 38.92 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z), finishing 13th and taking World Ranking Points. For his part three-time Brazilian Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa was not on his best day to total 12 fouls regular round with the 9-year-old stallion Chaganus (Chacco-Blue x Carthago) ranked 40th.
The great attractions of the class were the world number 1 Kent Farrington with his 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) being ranked 33rd and world number 2 McLain Ward, who did his jump-off classified with the 10-year-old stallion Cartouche, but 9 fouls in his presentation placed him in 14th place.