Charlie Jayne (USA) opened the first week of international competition at the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a win riding Tou La Moon in the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m CSI2* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.
Jayne appeared in the middle of a 97-horse field over a two-phase course set by course designer Oscar Soberon (MEX). Tou La Moon, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Toulon x Skippy II) owned by Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher, carried Jayne clear over the first phase and stopped the clock with more than a second to spare in 27.80 seconds over runner-up Stella Manship (USA) riding Dundalk, owned by Elan Farm.
“I am going on my fifth year with this horse, and she is really starting to peak at the higher level,” said Jayne, who found Tou La Moon as a five-year-old from her breeder Wilfred Cerpentier in Belgium. “Last year, she jumped probably 10 national grand prix and FEI ranking classes, and won four, so she’s really on a heater.”
“I thought this would be a nice class for her because she likes the open pace,” said Jayne. “I feel like the less I do the better she is. She’s very good at turning inside. She isn’t the biggest horse, but she has a huge stride. Today was all about doing one less in the lines, and she does it quite easy.”
With his two most seasoned horses jumping well, Jayne is optimistic that his season will continue to be marked with success. “It feels good to start the week off with a win. There were a lot of entries, and it was a very competitive field. We will build on that from here!”
Behind Manship’s time of 29.22 seconds, the USA’s Molly Ashe Cawley took third aboard Van de Emma in 29.49 seconds for owner Oakridge Farm. Ireland’s Capt. Brian Cournane was fourth riding Colourful Lady, owned by Glenbeigh Farm LLC, in 29.83 seconds, while Rebecca Conway (USA) capped the top five in 30.34 seconds on Con Coleur for owner Blue Hill Farm, LLC.
Also winning in the International Arena at WEF on Wednesday, Mario Deslauriers (CAN) topped the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m riding Cloud 39, owned by Wishing Well Farm LLC, and U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward claimed the $6,000 1.40m riding Errol, owned by Sagamore Farms, to close out the day.