Seven riders made it to the jump-off for the $450,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Washington CSI5*-W, held Oct. 28 at the Washington International Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. But it was the last to go, Katie Dinan aboard Brego R’n B, who turned in the blazing fast time to earn top honors.
Watch their winning jump-off round, courtesy of USEF Network and ClipMyHorse.TV:
“It’s hard not to love Brego,” said Dinan of the 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Namelus R—Gerlinus) owned by Grant Road Partners LLC, with whom she competed at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany, in 2022. “He’s a super, super horse. I’m super lucky to have him. We’ve been together for a little bit over five years. We have done a few indoor series, but this is our first five-star grand prix win together. He’s 17, and he really, really deserves it. I’m thrilled for him. In the jump-off, he showed all of his amazing qualities. He’s got huge scope, quality, bravery, intelligence, and he tries hard. You can’t really ask for more from a horse as a rider. I think he knew he won.
“He needs to warm up to you a little bit, but when he does, he is really a sweet and affectionate horse,” added Dinan, who, in addition to her equestrian pursuits, is also a graduate student at Rockefeller University in a Ph.D. program studying circadian rhythms in a genetics lab. “He’s a bit of a gentle giant. The people he knows, he’s really loving to on the ground. He’s had the same groom, Lou Beudin, since we got him five years ago and he loves her so much. They’re a really great pair. Consistency for him makes the difference.”