TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The phrase "We have a jump off!" is
commonly heard around the horse show ring, but it's rarely, if ever,
heard following a speed class at a four-star international event.
Tonight the 'one-in-a-million' happened.
Veteran American rider Laura Kraut (Middleburg, VA) put in an incredible
round in what, under normal circumstances would have been the first and
only round of the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open, at Toronto's Royal
Horse Show. Woodstock O galloped, turned, lengthened and shortened his
stride and put in some incredible jumping efforts, stopping the clock
in an astonishingly quick 60.83 seconds.
Then a few horses later, Katie Dinan (Wellington, FL) and Glory Days did
EXACTLY the same thing. And so - we had a jump off.
Dinan, 20, is a student of Biology at Harvard University. She has had an
exceptionally busy Royal as she had to commute back to Boston yesterday
to write an exam this morning and fly back into Toronto before
"Sometimes I think it all happens so fast that I don't have enough time
to stress myself out." said Dinan. "I'm very lucky that I'm in a
position where I can miss a day here and the people taking care of
Glory are so on top of him; everything is under control and I can just
show up for the class and that's a really lucky position to be in. I am
very thankful for the team we have."
"I had looked at the jump off when we walked the course, only because I
had done a little bit of a double-take - you don't usually see a
jump-off course on a speed diagram. But I never actually thought I'd be
jumping it!" laughed Dinan after the class.
Kraut went first in the jump off and knew she had to take extraordinary
measures if she were to try and beat the pair coming behind her.
Unfortunately, they just could not get across the very last oxer,
leaving the door wide open for Dinan and her powerful grey gelding.
"The jump off was just a bummer," lamented Kraut. "I knew I had to go
super fast and hope to go clear - because Katie is super fast - and he
just turned so unbelievably well from the second-to-last to the last,
that by the time he looked up and I looked up there was just nothing
there. If I had given him a kick I'd have crashed through it, so I had
to take a pull. I'm disappointed in myself but I think he was great.
When you've got Katie behind you on that really nice horse, you've got
to pull out all the stops. She went in and rode a nice conservative
clear and it worked."
Glory Days gave the crowd a scare between the timers and the first fence
of the second round, however, hopping and bucking, costing them some
very valuable seconds.
"I had a bit of a slow start to fence one in the jump-off," said Dinan.
"I think he read "speed class" and was confused why we were going into
the ring again. But luckily he's very game. As soon as he saw the first
jump he knew what he was doing. But at that point I knew I wasn't going
to be faster than Laura so I tried to stay very calm and just jump
clear. Fortunately it all worked out."
The course designer for international week is Michel Vaillancourt, who
made history in 1976, becoming the youngest show jumper to ever win an
individual Olympic medal (Silver, Montreal). When asked how frequently
he has seen a jump-off in a major speed class such as this one he
replied with an emphatic "NEVER!"
"You never think so - but you always prepare for it," he continued. "I
always put a jump off on the course plan for the riders to know what
the jump off is, and I always put "If Necessary" in brackets and you
never have to use it. I've seen it maybe twice or three times in my
career as a course designer. It was very, very rare. But it's amazing
to think that two horses would jump fifteen efforts and end up exactly at the same time. It's quite unbelievable. It made for a hell of a
Tomorrow afternoon's horse show matinee performance includes the
family-friendly Canine-Equine Relay and the evening horse show caps off
the international division with the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.
The remainder of the horse show continues through the end of Sunday,
and is FREE with general admission to the Royal.
About the Royal Horse Show and 91st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ~ A family tradition since 1922, the Royal Horse Show brings world-class
horses and riders from Canada, the U.S. and overseas, including Olympic
and World champions, to Toronto each November to compete for almost
$800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles. Over 850 horses of all
shapes and sizes participate in show jumping, dressage, indoor
eventing, driving, coaching and so much more, over the ten-days of
competition. Special features such as the President's Choice Animal
Theatre, the aMAZEing Food Journey, AG-tivity Central, Trade-Fair
shopping & educational events round out a day at The Royal. The Royal
remains a highlight of the Toronto fall social calendar, visited by
Royalty, politicians and horse-enthusiasts for generations. For
competition schedules, LIVE webcasting, results and to purchase
tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.
$50,000 Weston Canadian Open
Rider / Hometown / Horse / Faults : Time
1. Katherine Dinan / Wellington, FL / Glory Days / 0 : 40.13 (jump-off)
2. Laura Kraut / Middleburg, VA / Woodstock O / 4 : 34.69 (jump-off)
3. Harrie Smolders / NED / Regina Z / 0 : 61.22
4. Oliver Philippaerts / BEL / Dever Van T Goemanshof / 0 : 62.34
5. McLain Ward / Brewster, NY / Czardas 30 / 0 : 62.44
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Image with caption: "Glory Days and Katie Dinan clear the Ace Bakery oxer before powering through the finish timers in the jump-off round of the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, Toronto. Photo Credit: Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131109_C6058_PHOTO_EN_33190.jpg
Image with caption: "Laura Kraut's horse Woodstock O makes a generous effort in the jump-off round of the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open, at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, Toronto. Unfortunately the pair had the very last jump down to finish second in the class. Photo Credit: Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131109_C6058_PHOTO_EN_33189.jpg
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