PALGRAVE, Ontario — Nina Fagerström and her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Flower, beat out a field of 30 in Saturday’s $50,000 FEI Jumper Classic at Caledon Equestrian Park to claim the week’s top prize during the Summer Festival CSI2*.
Nina Fagerström accepting the red rosette in victory on her fourth placed horse Quel Cadans Z
Photo credit Ben Radvanyi Photography
Seven competitors would move onto the jump-off after a tough first round that saw many struggle with the 10 A-B-C triple combination.
“It was a very good class I thought,” said Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt. “The results were quite perfect as far as the number of clears and everything else and also how the horses fared. We had a few mishaps in the triple combination, and those were rider errors, but otherwise the class went pretty smoothly.”
Fagerström and Flower were the first to go clear in the first round and first to compete in the jump-off, setting a pace that would carry the duo through for the win.
Nina Fagerström and Flower in the $50,000 FEI Jumper Classic - Photo credit Ben Radvanyi Photography
“I think the course designer did a really good job today. It was technical, but fair for the horses, big enough and rode very well,” said the Finnish rider, who now resides in Cumberland, Ont. “He got the right number to the jump-off, so the jump-off was really exciting.”
“Both of my horses worked really well today, they were both double-clear. Flower was the star of the day and I was the first one to go in the jump-off. I just had to do my course and didn’t have a chance to watch any of the others and make my plan then. I just went as quickly as I could and was really happy she was clear. I knew I was going to be in the top three (before the second ride), but you never know if it’s going to be enough to win.”
Fagerström was also fourth in the class riding MD Equestrian Inc.’s Quel Cadans Z. Jonathon Millar with Millar Brooke Farm’s Daveau and Jay Hayes riding Riva rounded out the top three.
Jonathon’s father — and 10-time Canadian Olympian — Ian Millar, claimed victory Thursday (Aug. 4) while riding Emily Kinch’s Teddy du Bosquetiau in the $35,000 FEI Open Welcome, presented by Greenhawk. Millar topped a field of 33 for the win.
“’Teddy B’ was excellent. There were nine in the jump-off. The course designer made the jump-off course quite difficult to jump and the result was only two clean. Beth (Underhill) led it off clean and was very fast. Everyone had rails trying to beat her and I was able to get it done. It was one of those jump-offs that if I’d gone first and she’d gone second, she probably would have beaten me,” said Millar.
Friday’s $15,000 Modified Grand Prix, presented by McKee-Pownall Veterinary, saw American rider Andy Kocher ride his mount E Umonia R to top prize, beating out Ireland’s Daniel Coyle on Susan Grange’s Tienna and Jonathon Millar riding Peter Edgar’s Caprice.
Andy Kocher and E Umonia R
Photo credit - Ben Radvanyi Photography
Andy Kocher with E Umonia R claiming the win in the $15,000 Modified Grand Prix - presented by McKee Pownall Equine Services. Photo credit - Ben Radvanyi Photography
Coming up Sunday to close out the Summer Festival CSI2* will be the second annual OHJA Super Sunday event, which provides an opportunity for junior and amateur riders to improve their skills in classes with specific requirements. The OHJA is also hosting a barbecue on Sunday as part of the event.
Visit caledonequestrianpark.com for a full schedule of events and results.
Results — Top 5 (Horse/Owner/Rider):
$50,000 FEI Jumper Classic (Saturday, Aug. 6)
Flower / Finca Horses Inc. / Nina Fagerström
Daveau / Millar Brooke Farm / Jonathon Millar
Riva / North Ridge & Summerhill Farm / Jay Hayes
Quel Cadans Z / MD Equestrian Inc. / Nina Fagerström
Corette / Javier Slavador & Angelstone Farms / Keean White