Nicholas Cwick met his goal of jumping a clear round with Asterix in the short format CCI** at Galway Downs. He added just one time penalty to his dressage score to finish with a 46.6.
The big jumping Oldenburg didn’t touch a rail, lifting Cwick higher over every fence. “Sometimes I do get jumped out of the tack,” admitted the 23-year-old.
Tiana Coudray also managed to leave the rails in the cups with King Street, and that was good enough to move her up to second place. The 17-year-old won the CIC** in the spring at Galway and can’t wait to turn 18 so she can move up to advanced. Jennifer Wooten was the only other rider to go clean with the Good Witch.
Coudray and third-placed Derek di Grazia had a few worrisome moments in the jog Sunday morning when their horses got overexcited and were held because they refused to trot. Di Grazia’s Kildare Cavalier actually tried to strike out at him while jogging. But he was passed upon re-inspection, and went on to drop one rail and finish third.
Josh Barnacle had a worrisome beginning to his show jumping round with Florestan du Serin in the traditional format CCI**. He went into show jumping with a five-rail lead over Debbie Rosen and Quito 10, but Barnacle had the first three rails down.
“I don’t think I was thinking at all,” said Barnacle. “After the third fence I took a break and reflected on what might happen. I’m just glad I pulled it off.”
He had no more rails down and held onto first place, which paid off handsomely with $2000 in prize money and a new Devoucoux saddle.
Only three riders finished in the long format CCI**. Jessica Heidemann had two stops early on the course and was eliminated. Jennifer Taxay on Indego and Jessie Deeter on Horatio suffered the same fate in the short format two-star.
It was an exciting day for Barbara Crabo in the traditional format one-star. She pulled just one rail with Victoria’s Electra and jumped clean with Eveready to win first and second place.
“It went perfectly,” said an excited Crabo. Both horses are homebred Swedish Warmblood/Thoroughbreds. “Ready” is six and “Electra” is seven. Both are quite green at this level. Ready only ran four preliminaries to qualify.
Because the two horses go everywhere together, Crabo though it was only fitting that they should come in to get their awards together. She even led Electra while she rode Ready in her victory gallop.
Two rails moved the overnight leader, Fiona Dodson, down to third with Happy Go Lucky.
Robyn Fisher stayed cool to jump a clear round with Lady Calido and win the short format one-star. She did add four time penalties to her score, but it wasn’t enough to affect the outcome.
David Adamo was in second place coming into show jumping with Edward Jordan, but he ended up finishing in second with Oh Good Grief. Adamo performed an involuntary dismount with Edward Jordan after the 8-year-old Oldenburg refused on course. He was able to remount and finish without further incident.
For full results go to www.galwaydowns.com