Ireland’s Greg Broderick and Going Global, owned by Caledonia Stables, take first place in the $50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix, Sunday, March 1, 2015, at HITS Thermal. (c) ESI Photography.
Top Irish rider Greg Broderick made waves at HITS Thermal this past Sunday in the $50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix with a down-to-the-wire victory on Irish Sport Horse Going Global, owned by Caledonia Stables. The pair claimed the blue with less than two-tenths of a second lead over second place winner, Richard Spooner, on Chivas Z, owned by SN Stables, LLC.
Broderick, of Thurles, in the County Tipperary, went third in the six-horse jump-off, and took the first place position, which he held onto, with a double-clear time of 46.749 seconds setting the Great American Time to Beat. Spooner, of Agua Dulce, California, went next, also clear, clocking in at 46.907. John Perez Bohm, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was last to enter the ring, on his own Utopia, and finished clear in 48.362 to take third. In total, six of the class’ 35 horses made it to the jump-off, with four clean, one with four faults, and one eliminated.
Broderick, the November 2014 Showjumping Ireland National Champion, said of the Sunday’s Grand Prix, “It was a nice course. There was a careful combination with two tight verticals coming out of it. Coming towards home there were some open distances, but my horse has a big stride so that made my life easier.”
Broderick shows regularly at HITS Thermal. This year he has brought three horses: 9 year-old gelding Going Global, who won the fall championship, Goodwill and MHS Automatic, who won Saturday’s $5,000 MortgageCall Jumper Classic. “I’m hoping to jump Going Global in the Million,” he said.
With his sights on the upcoming AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by MortgageCall, on Sunday, March 15, Broderick will face tough competition, including Rich Fellers, John Pearce, Ashlee Bond and eight-time Grand Prix winner Olympian Will Simpson. Two more Grand Prix take place this week as riders prepare for the AIG Million, and the field of competitors is shaping up to be one of the strongest yet.
The HITS winter circuits finish out with a Grand Finale of back-to-back million dollar classes, with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by MortgageCall, taking place at HITS Ocala the following Monday, March 23.
$50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix – HITS Thermal
1 Going Global Caledonia Stables Greg Broderick $15,000 0 0 46.749
2 Chivas Z SN Stables LLC Richard Spooner $11,000 0 0 46.907
3 Utopia John Perez Bohm John Perez Bohm $6,500 0 0 48.362
4 Don Juan Federico Fernandez Senderos Paola Amilibia $4,000 0 0 50.583
5 Flexible Harry & Mollie Chapman Rich Fellers $3,000 0 4 44.393
6 AJE Cluny AJE Equitation Christian Heineking $2,500 0 – –
7 Alamo October Hill Hunters and Jumpers Erin Davis-Heineking $2,000 3 * *
8 Fast Flo October Hill Hunters and Jumpers Erin Davis-Heineking $1,500 4 * *
9 Chianto Forest View Farm, Inc. John Pearce $1,500 4 * *
10 World’s Judgement Alycia Hayes Lisa Carlsen $1,000 4 * *
11 Son of a Gun Forest View Farm, Inc. John Pearce $1,000 4 * *
12 Prunella D’Ariel Federico Fernandez Senderos Paola Amilibia $1,000 4 * *