Speed Demons Open International Jumper Week at the Royal Horse Show

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! When speed is the name of the game in a show jumping class, there are a few riders who jump to the top of your mind. Laura Kraut of Middleburg, VA, showed tonight what makes her a top rider against the clock, taking the $32,000 Jolera International Jumper Welcome following a third place finish in the $20,000 International Power & Speed this afternoon.Besting Colombia’s Daniel Bluman by just tenths of a second, Kraut shaved turns and left out strides across the arena, letting her gutsy horse Teirra just “go for it” for the win.“She’s a really neat, handy horse and she is so brave,” said Laura of Teirra. “I’ve been riding her really carefully, saving her and protecting her, but I’ve been having one down every time for the last couple of weeks. I thought ‘I need to break this streak.’ She loves to go and gallop so I went in tonight with the idea of trying to win, just letting her go. I got a little lucky, Daniel came dangerously close to beating me!”Bluman beat them all this afternoon, however, opening the International division with a win in the $20,000 International Jumper Power & Speed competition.Of sixteen riders to contest the opening class, just nine jumped without faults around their power phase to then advance to the speed phase of each two-part round.Bluman produced a fluid, efficient ride with Clyde over the intricate course to finish on a time of 33.470 seconds, a whisker ahead of Vince and Frieda’s hard earned 33.700 seconds. Laura Kraut rounded out the top three, finishing on 35.730 seconds with Belmont.“All of my horses are young,” said Bluman following tonight’s class. “Clyde jumped really well this afternoon, he was fresh and sorted it all out well. Tonight I had to go right after Laura in the ring, so I watched what she did and then figured I could use the stride of my mare to save a little here and there. I was close but I just could not catch her.”Tomorrow night’s Royal Horse Show features one of the highlights of this year’s Royal – the inaugural $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix. The class was renamed in honour of Eric Lamaze’s Olympic champion mount from the 2008 Olympic games, Hickstead, who passed away suddenly one year ago. Lamaze will be joining a special guest to make the presentations to the winners tomorrow night following the class.$32,000 Jolera International Jumper WelcomeRider / Hometown / Horse / Faults : Time1. Laura Kraut / Middleburg, VA / Teirra / 0 : 58.552. Daniel Bluman / Colombia / Sancha LS / 0 : 58.883. Dermott Lennon / Ireland / Hallmark Elite / 0 : 60.584. Christine McCrea / Windsor, CT / Wannick WH / 0 : 67.265. Lauren Hough / Wellington, FL / Ohlala / 4 : 58.74$20,000 International Power & SpeedRider / Hometown / Horse / Faults : Time1. Daniel Bluman / Colombia / Clyde / 0.00 : 33.4702. Ainsley Vince / Burlington, ON / Frieda / 0.00 : 33.7003. Laura Kraut / Middleburg, VA / Belmont / 0.00 : 35.7304. Conor Swail / Ireland / Lansdowne / 0.00 : 36.1305. Shane Sweetnam / Ireland / Amaretto D’Arco / 0.00 : 39.890 Tags: Daniel Bluman, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Royal Horse Show, Laura Kraut, Clyde, Teirra, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img

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