Hugh Graham and Kim Farlinger battle it out in the $20,000 Grand Prix during last week's Caledon
Two-time Canadian Olympian Hugh Graham edged out Kim Farlinger in a thrilling jump off last Sunday in the $20,000 Grand Prix to close out the Caledon Premiere (July 5-10, 2016) at Caledon Equestrian Park.
Graham, who hails from Schomberg, ON bested a field of 21 entries with mount Knock Out 3E to take home the top prize; but it was no easy feat with 10 competitors going clear in the first round.
Hugh Graham and Knock Out 3E on course during the
$20,000 Grand Prix at the Caledon Equestrian Park.
Photo credit Ben Radvanyi Photography
Farlinger steered Sher-Al-Farm’s Stanley Stone to a three-second lead over the field two horses before Graham took the course. It wasn’t enough, however, with the winning duo topping it by nearly a full second.
Kim Farlinger from Orangeville, ON with Sher-Al Farms, Stanley
Stone competing in the $20,000 Grand Prix at the Caledon
Equestrian Park. Photo credit Ben Radvanyi Photography
“I followed (Kim) pretty to the letter until I got through the double, and then left a stride out to the green oxer, I did 10 I think, and did the same on the way to the skinny. I left a couple of strides out to the last jump and then just galloped it,” said Graham.
“It was a nice course,” he said of Portuguese course designer Bernardo Cabral’s course. “It was very tame and had 10 clean, which I expected… the jump off had a few places where you could do a few things, and a couple of good turns made the difference.”
The win marked Knock Out 3E’s first career Grand Prix win after having claimed a pair of Modified Grand Prix wins earlier this year at other events. Graham believes it’s just the start for his Kingridge Stables homebred, nine-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding.
“I’ve been saying he’s due for a win here because he’s been jumping great all this year,” he said. “I think this is the first of many. He’s a great horse and still a young horse.”
Stanley Stone and Farlinger, from Orangeville, ON narrowly missed making it two in a row after winning the $10,000 Modified Grand Prix-Presented by Champion Shavings just a day earlier.
She edged out Cannington, Ontario’s Sam Pegg and Shaia de Macheco by less than a half a second for her and Stanley Stone’s second win of the season at Caledon Equestrian Park. The duo also won the $10,000 Open Welcome-Presented by Sprucewood during the Classic @ Palgrave Phase 2 at the end of May.
“Stanley is an 11-year old Warmblood and this will be my second summer riding him full time,” said Farlinger. “We’ve developed a pretty good partnership. He knows me and I trust him and know what to expect.”
Farlinger’s pair of wins to date this season marks a successful comeback from a severe knee injury suffered in a training accident last winter. She had nothing but great things to say about the horse that has assisted in her impressive comeback.
“I was off for three or four months. Stanley was actually the first horse I showed here in May and we won the Open Welcome that week,” she said.
“It doesn’t bother me so much when I ride now and I’d say I’m pretty much back to normal before the injury,” she said. “Stanley’s a great horse and I trust him to carry me around.”
Michelle Vandal from Rockwood, Ont. also found herself on the winning-side of the ledger riding Karalee Neison and Sharon Lapstra’s Orpheus to victory in Thursday’s (July 7, 2016) $5,000 1.35m Jumper Welcome - Presented by Pommies Cider Co.
Lindsay Sutcliffe from Pommies Cider Co. presenting the winning
rosette to Michelle Vandal and Orpheus. Photo credit
Vandal and Orpheus, a Canadian Warmblood gelding, topped a field of 14 riders to claim the top prize.
Class sponsor, Pommies Cider Co. based in Caledon, ON, was also on hand Saturday afternoon, by generously providing refreshments to thirsty riders, trainers and spectators during an exhibitor’s event at the Park’s main pavilion following Saturday’s classes. The evening also dubbed as a launch event for saddle makers CWD’s latest edition, the 2Gs Mademoiselle, which is designed for specifically for horsewomen.
The ponies also got in on the action on Friday (July 8, 2016) in both the jumper and hunter rings.
The $2,500 EMG Pony Hunter Classic saw Katie McCowan from Thorndale, ON put on an impressive performance with her mount Theodore for the win.
Meanwhile in the jumper ring, Toronto’s Laura’s Robinson took home top prize in the $500 Pony Jumper Classic, presented by BDF Equestrian. She and Bloomsbury, owned by Katie Browning, outdueled a field of 14 for the win.
Aurora Ontario’s Darcy Hayes dominated the competition in Saturday’s $3,000 Leon's Furniture Canadian Hunter Derby, taking home first, third and fourth place in a field that featured 25 competitors.
Dacrcy Hayes and Say When claiming victory in the
$3000 Leon's Furniture Canadian Hunter Derby. Photo credit
Hayes won the class riding Say When, owned by Danielle Trudell-Baran. She followed that up with a third-place finish on Catherine O’Connor’s Forester and placed fourth riding Crush, owned by Cawthra Burns.
Darcy Hayes and Danielle Trudell-Baran's
Say When celebrating their win with a victory lap
at the Caledon equestrian Park. Photo credit
Coming up next at Caledon Equestrian Park will be two concurrent events running July 22-24, 2016. They include Cornerstone Farms’- Dressage Summer Festival, which will be shown in the parks outdoor arenas, and the Ontario Show Horse Classic, a multi breed event, which will take place in the Caledon Equestrian Park’s new indoor arena.
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