Monday, May. 27, 2024

Jobs Makes Her First Devon Extraordinary

The California-based rider travels to Pennsylvania to capture the win in the $20,000 Show Jumper Hall Of Fame Classic and the junior jumper championship.
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Devon, Pa.—May 28

When Eve Jobs headed into the ring for the jump-off of the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic, she knew she had her work cut out for her. The jump-off track was proving tough, and only Emma Sargent and Winchester laid down a clean-and-clear second go.

But Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme sliced all their corners on their way around Kelvin Bywater’s short course and galloped up a line in one less than her plan to stop the clock ahead of Sargent and Winchester and claim blue.

“I actually planned to do one more to the oxer, and it came up a nine,” she said. “It was great. I had a rub on the last two fences, and I got lucky today. I couldn’t have asked for more from my horse.”

Jobs traveled from Palo Alto, Calif., to Pennsylvania this year for the first time, and her mother flew out for today’s class and got to see her daughter wearing Devon blue. She and Sandor de la Pomme finished second in yesterday’s junior jumper class, which boosted her to the division championship and the leading junior jumper rider title. Yesterday’s winners, Wrigley and Madison Goetzmann, finished fifth today to claim the reserve title.   

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“This is my first and last time here at Devon,” said Jobs, who trains with Missy Clark and the North Run team. “It’s my last class here, and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end it.

“I’ve actually been on the east coast since [the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.)],” she continued. “My horses stayed here, they never had to fly back and forth. Coming from the west coast, there is definitely more competitors here. There are more in the division; it’s harder. The best juniors in the nation are here. To be competing and winning against them is incredible for me.”

Jobs has had the ride on Sandor de la Pomme (Vigo d’Arsouilles—Vodka Orange du Muze) since she bought him from Catherine Tyree in December 2014.

“He’s nice in the mouth,” she said. “He goes and comes back. His flat work is great. He’s straightforward and nice. He has a big stride, which I had to get used to. He’s just wonderful.”

Want more Devon? Don’t forget to meet Toga the Devon Woodchuck, and catch up on today’s hunter action. Check out photos from Thursday here, read about the R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship here and stay up with all the Chronicle’s online coverage here. Find full results from junior weekend at Ryegate and check out full analysis from junior weekend in the June 20 issue of the magazine.

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