04 September '23
Ladriano Z wins the CSI5* GP of Bridgehampton!
© The Hampton Classic Horse Show - Emily Randolph
While yesterday in Europe we could enjoy the denouement of the European Jumping Championship in Milan, on American soil all eyes were on The Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, New York, where the CSI5* GP was on the program. Course designer Alan Wade had planned a tough basic round for this $425,000 GP, because of the 39 combinations that entered the ring, only 2 managed to stay clear and so qualify for the jump-off. One of them was the Israeli rider Daniel Bluman with his 15-year-old gelding Ladriano Z, the son of Lawito and Baloubet du Rouet who was bred in Germany by Paul Schockemöhle and with whom Bluman also placed 4th in the 1.60m class on Friday. Bluman and Ladriano Z had the luxury to start again in the jump-off as second and therefore last combination and with a clear round in 37.17 seconds they could write this CSI5* GP to their list of honors!
Next to Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z, also the American rider Kent Farrington jumped to a top ranking again with his 9-year-old mare Toulayna, the daughter of Toulon and Parco, who was born at the home of breeder Jasper Doucé as Toulayna van het Bloesemhof Z and with whom he won the CSI5* GP of Rockwood in Canada last month. Farrington and Toulayna had to deal with 4 penalty points in the basic round, but due to a fast finish time they eventually managed to achieve a nice 4th place.
During the opening day on Thursday, the American lady rider Victoria Heurtematte secured a top 5 ranking with the 13-year-old mare Scarlett du Sart Z (Stakkato x First Bride – B: Carole Fontaine). During the 1.45m class, Heurtematte and Scarlett du Sart Z managed to keep it clear in both the 1st and the 2nd phase and this performance earned them a 5th place in the ranking. On Saturday they also confirmed their good form with a 7th place in the 1.50m class.
Next to the CSI5* competition, however, there was also a CSI2* competition in Bridgehampton, in which the Zangersheide horses also delivered some strong performances. For example, during the 1.45m class on Saturday, a 4th place was reserved for the American lady rider Rebecca Conway with the 9-year-old grey mare Unestar d'Ysenbeeck Z (Untouchable x Jamar d'Ysenbeeck Z - B: Herlinde De Coninck and Stijn Herrebosch). In a class against the clock they managed to ensure a flawless performance.
Finally, during the 1.45m class on Friday, Conway’s compatriot Heather Caristo Williams managed to jump into the picture again with the 11-year-old stallion Celtic Hero BZ (Calikot Hero x Caretano Z – B: Sportpferde AG Etter), with whom she won a 1.40m class in Dinard last month. In a jump-off for which 15 combinations were able to qualify, Caristo Williams and Celtic Hero BZ again kept all the poles in the cups and this performance earned them a 5th place in the ranking.