Columbus, Ohio - October 1, 2017 - It was a fifth win in five days for Francesca Bolfo at the Split Rock Jumping Tour Columbus International CSI 2*, but this one she had to fight for.
The course for the $7,500 High 1.40m Junior/Amateur Owner Final, designed by Alan Wade, left no competitor unscathed. Of the 15 original starters, Only Sloan Hopson with Costa Rica VH Waterschoot Z and Bolfo on Jadalco, were able to post clear rounds.
Hopson had a rail down in a time of 41.092, leaving the door open for Bolfo. All looked well for Bolfo, until she, too, had a rail down, but she pushed Jadalco for more speed and the horse responded to finish in a time of 39.231 to take first place.
"I had another horse that went second in the class," said Bolfo. "And I definitely faced some difficulties right off the bat. I knew coming back with Jadalco that he is such a scopey horse and such a good guy that if I was prompt and under the time I stood a good chance, but having an opportunity to watch everyone else really helped. In the jump off I had the luck of the draw in going after Sloan, and when she had the rail down, I had a plan. Then I had the same rail down and realized I had to pick up the pace and get going. I know my horse is incredibly scopey so I could make a really tight turn back on the wall and then find the last line quite easily.
"Jadalco and I partnered up this July," continued Bolfo. "He is only 8, and he is such a love. I am so fortunate to have a horse like him. He has the most incredible temperament. He is a joy to show, he is a joy to be with on the ground and he loves spending time with people. He loves my dog. He loves my mother. All around I am just thrilled about him and I am looking forward to what is going to happen in the future."
The $10,000 Booth Show Jumpers U25 Grand Prix, for riders under the age of 25, was won by Emanuel Andrade and another of his extraordinary string, Bon Jovi, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Of the four horse and rider combinations to qualify for the jump off, Andrade rode two. Each of the four posted clear rounds in the jump off, making it a speed duel for the win, with Andrade posting the fastest time, 35.459 seconds.
"I think that it is important to have a class where young talent can compete against their peers," said Jenny Booth of Booth Show Jumpers, sponsor of the class. "To get in the ring and have a tough class that helps them develop their skills will give them the confidence to move up and compete with the seasoned professionals."
Schedule highlights for SRJT include:
Week 2: The Columbus International 2 CSI3* - October 4-8
The FEI classes include the $35,000 CSI3* 1.45m Hollow Creek Farm Speed Cup, $40,000 Amalaya Investments CSI3* 1.50m Welcome Class and the $130,000 CSI3* 1.55m Split Rock Farm Grand Prix.
"Lugano Diamonds Party" with Bonus Private Concert
The highly anticipated SRJT social event, "The Lugano Diamonds Party," will take place at Brave Horse on Friday evening, October 6. Admission is $150 per person. Following the dinner, there will be a private concert, included in the dinner admission, by well-known country singer, Sam Riggs!
About Split Rock Jumping Tour
The Split Rock Jumping Tour is modeled after successful European shows and gives competitors, sponsors and spectators an "Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience" by changing the way show jumping is presented in the U.S. Split Rock offers competitions at world-class venues along with top prize money, extravagant awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, owners, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail.
About Brave Horse Show Park
The new facility is a 75-acre premier equestrian showgrounds located minutes outside of Columbus in Johnstown, Ohio. The facility debuted its first hunter/jumper show season in 2016 and operated at capacity. The showgrounds feature a meticulously planned layout with 250 permanent stalls, each measuring 12'x12', with 16' aisle ways and a 20' high ceiling. The expansive property includes multiple rings and riding areas and the Grand Prix Ring, one of two to be used for competition, is 250' x 350'. All rings have state-of-the-art-footing and the Grand Prix ring features in-ground irrigation. The showgrounds also take advantage of the picturesque Ohio countryside, with expansive tree-lined vistas and water features throughout the grounds.
SRJT Columbus International Official Photographer: Winslow Photography LLC.
For more details about the Split Rock Jumping Tour, please visit www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or call 859-252-3247. Online entries can be found at: www.splitrockjumpingtour.com/competitor.
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