Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2024

Watch Why They Won: ‘Robin’ And Riley Rock Upperville Jumper Classic



After their fastest wasn’t quite fast enough to win the grand prix at the Devon Horse Show (Pennsylvania) on June 2, Schuyler Riley and Robin De Ponthual traveled south to Upperville, Virginia, with a point to prove.

On Sunday, the pair went full throttle to top the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4* at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show.

“I was very determined today,” Riley said after her win. “I had a second place at Devon with ‘Robin.’ He’s been jumping amazing, so going into the jump-off my plan was to go as fast as I could go. And we did.”

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Schuyler Riley and Robin De Ponthual soared to the win Sunday in the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4* at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (Virginia). Anne Gittins Photos

The pair had a moment at the penultimate fence in the jump-off when they missed their distance slightly, but the experienced 17-year-old Selle Français gelding (Elf D’Or—Io De La Grange, Calypso D’Herbiers), owned by Katherine Gallagher, sorted his feet without problem.

“Where I had the chip, I was actually still faster chipping,” Riley said. “I said, my quote of the day is, ‘Me chipping is faster than adding.’ ”


Katie Dinan and Brego R’N B, owned by Grant Road Partners LLC, took second while Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue, owned by LL Show Jumpers LLC, rounded out the podium in third.

Watch Riley’s winning jump-off round:

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After a close second last week, taking the blue ribbon at Upperville was all the sweeter for Riley and ‘Robin.’

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Katie Dinan and Brego R’N B took second place.

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Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue had to settle for the yellow ribbon on Sunday.

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Riley, left, and Ryan cooled off after the awards presentation with a champagne spritz.

See complete results here, or check out our coverage of the 2022 Upperville Colt & Horse Show here.



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