Wilmington, Ohio – The Standlee Sanctuary decorated in picturesque fall décor set the scene for an international field of 24 horse-and-athlete combinations in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Fall Classic 2 at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington. The tracks set by Bobby Murphy (USA) kicked off a comeback season for Taylor St. Jacques (CAN) and her own Jakilly (Harley VDL x Zakilly).
Coming off a hand injury, St. Jacques brought her top mare to Wilmington to jump their first grand prix since competing in FEI competition in the beginning of the summer.
“My plan was to go for a nice double clear. Jakilly hasn’t shown since July, and I haven’t jumped a full course since the first week of August! I was sidelined due to an injury. It’s really good prize money up here, so I figured we would do a couple of shows here before we head back to Florida. I wanted to come and have a nice training week but also be a little competitive!”
The duo won the $25,000 Grand Prix at Spring I, and picked up right where they left off, jumping effortlessly over the technical first-round track to qualify for the jump-off.
“I made a plan for the jump-off when I walked, and I didn’t really watch anyone else go. I stuck to my plan and thankfully it worked out great! I didn’t plan on doing the five-strides in the last line, but the rider in front of me did it and it looked very doable. I landed from the combination, and she is usually really good about the last jump if I kick her to it. She is good at getting her feet out of the way. That was the only thing that I changed last minute. She is such a tryer, if I tell her what to do, she just says okay.”
With a quick, competitive group of eight riders in the jump-off, St. Jacques trusted her nine-year-old KPWN mare to leave the jumps in place and galloped through the timers in 32.45 seconds for a successful comeback to the show ring.
Sam Pegg (CAN) of Ten Sixty Stables returned with his winningest mount from the 2023 Winter in the Midwest Series, Gin Tonic 158 (Graf Top x Sanjador). After a successful summer of stepping up to CSI2* competition, the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding was characteristically quick and nimble, and jumped in impressive form in a time of 33.877 seconds for second place.
Belgium’s Filip De Wandel piloted Manhattan Van’t Leeuwerikenhof (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Ishtar Van Het Polderhof) to a consistent double clear for third place. The duo set the tone as the first to jump a double clear effort, and ultimately found their podium placing in a time of 35.94 seconds.
$50,000 Grand Prix Results:
1 Jakilly, Taylor St. Jacques, Taylor St. Jacques | 0 | 32.45
2 Gin Tonic 158, Sam Pegg, Ten Sixty Stables | 0 | 33.877
3 Manhattan Van’t Leeuwerikenhof, Filip De Wandel, Five Away Farm LLC | 0 | 35.94
4 Billy McDermit, Rowan Willis, Hudson Warren | 4 | 31.946
5 Jazil Du Houssoit, Kady Abrahamson, Abrahamson Equestrian LLC | 4 | 33.131
6 Formidable Diamant, Sam Pegg, Phyllis Harlow | 4 | 33.575
7 Clear Concept, Asta Torokvei, Asta Torokvei | 4 | 36.76
8 Esra, Paul Halpern, Vanessa Lee | 4 | 43.334
9 Diaz Barbotiere, Izzy Beisel, Izzy Beisel | 4 | 68.944
10 Che Spectre, Gustavo Prato, Gustavo Prato | 4 | 70.972
Luke Rinehart Strikes Again in the $10,000 Futures Prix with Captain America 10
Luke Rinehart (USA) continued his impressive winning streak Saturday afternoon in the $10,000 Futures Prix, this time aboard Captain America 10 (Contendro).
The field of 18 experienced show jumping combinations was no match for the junior rider of Carmel, Indiana, who mastered Murphy’s tracks with both of his entered mounts.
After an accurate, clear first round, Rinehart moved onto the jump-off phase with his eye on the prize and stepped into high gear with his trusted partner.
Rinehart piloted his newest mount, Caeser, first, and felt prepared to win with Captain America 10, “My first class ever on Caeser was this morning. It was nice that I got to jump it once before I got on Captain, so I knew how the six rode. My dad said that the second jump in the jump-off was the most important and it would set the track for the rest of the course. I caught it just how I wanted it, so I was able to keep rolling. I found the rhythm and just stuck to it.”
With twelve pairs moving onto the jump-off Rinehart needed to make every effort to be quick and clear to take the win. In a time of 29.408 seconds, he earned his third featured win in two weeks.
The future is bright for Rinehart, though his high school schedule tends to get in the way of his main goal, “I want to do more Welcome Stakes, but school is in the way of that,” laughed Rinehart. “Captain will keep doing what he is doing, and we got the new horse, Caeser, mainly to move up into the bigger divisions.”
Megan Bash (USA) and the Cleveland Equestrian entry, Jackson VDL (Zirocco Blue VDL x Design O), claimed second place, starting their fall series confidently. The nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding held the lead with a time of 30.84 seconds, until ultimately surpassed by Rinehart.
Third place was awarded to Gustavo Prato (ARG) and Romy Lauer’s Jodokus. The duo has been consistent in the class, earning second place last week at Fall Classic 1. In 31.043 seconds, Prato scored another podium finish with the nine-year-old KWPN gelding.
$10,000 Futures Prix Results:
1 Captain America 10, Luke Rinehart, Catherine Rinehart | 0 | 29.408
2 Jackson VDL, Megan Bash, Cleveland Equestrian | 0 | 30.84
3 Jodokus, Gustavo Prato, Gustavo Prato | 0 | 31.043
4 Leroy Blue, Roxy Leyshon, Roxy Leyshon | 0 | 31.798
5 Snow White, Natalie Thornell, Loveland Equine Investments | 0 | 31.851
6 Bastille, Laura Douglas, Julia Cummings | 0 | 32.956
7 Caesar, Luke Rinehart, Abby Ruth | 0 | 33.378
8 Ice Gold, Laura Douglas, Jack Towell | 33.521
9 Eldorado’s Edition, Vanessa McCaughley, Vanessa McCaughley | 0 | 34.582
10 Evolene De Carles, Vicente Guillen, Tranquility Farm | 4 | 29.428