A field of 44 horse-and-rider combinations faced Andy Christiansen’s (ECU) opening track to compete for a spot in Sunday’s $137,000 Noltrex®Vet Grand Prix CSI3*. Ultimately, the USA’s Alison Robitaille topped the class with Oakingham Lira, owned by Alison Firestone LLC.
“My goal early last year was to be jumping the three-stars by the end of this year, so this is really great. I’m just so happy with how my horse feels; we’ve been building our partnership all year long. After walking in today, we really feel like a team,” said Robitaille of her partnership with the nine-year-old Anglo European mare by Unknown x Unknown.
Following Robitaille’s winning time of 41.66 seconds, David O’Brien (IRL) took home second place aboard Chansonette Farm LLC’s El Balou Old. Sponsored by Freejump, O’Brien and his mount cleared the jump-off just two tenths of a second behind the winners, stopping the clock at 41.8 seconds. Fellow Irish rider Darragh Kerins and Lissino, owned by Eve Jobs, claimed third place with a jump-off time of 42.91 seconds.
Robitaille and Oakingham Lira will return to the International Arena on Sunday to compete in the competition’s featured event, the $137,000 Noltrex®Vet Grand Prix CSI3*. In additional to today’s winning duo, the top 29 riders from the class will also return to the ring on Sunday to vie for the lion’s share of the prize money.
For the full results of the $37,000 Freejump Grand Prix Qualifier CSI3*, please click HERE.