A True Trifecta for Karrie Rufer in $24,500 Circuit Opener Grand Prix

Woodside, California, USA – June 27, 2021 –  The West Palms Events Woodside Circuit Opener (June 23-27) has come to a close! The first of two weeks of top competition at the Horse Park at Woodside featured a $24,500 Grand Prix, a $3,500 USHJA Hunter Derby, and a Northern Equitation Tournament.

We can’t wait to see you back for the Bay Area Summer Festival (June 30-July 4). We have more shows coming up next month! West Palms will return to Hansen Dam Horse Park for the Hollywood Classic (July 8-11) and then we head to the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center for the Huntington Beach Sunshine Classic (July 15-18).

Congratulations to Karrie Rufer (USA) on taking home first, second, third, and fifth place in the $24,500 Circuit Opener Grand Prix. Karrie (USA) led the jump-off with Mr. Europe, putting the pedal to the metal and jumping clear with a time of 36.40 seconds. “Mr. Europe is super fast and quick across the ground,” she commented. “Going first in the jump-off, I knew Harley was going to be chasing me.”

Harley Brown jumped off next on Alessandra Volpi’s Taiwan du Landey, trying to catch the pair but having an unfortunate rail in the combination. Then Karrie (USA) posted clear jump-off rounds with Capitale 6 and Stern den Folletti with times of 39.75 and 42.35 seconds, respectively.

She elected not to jump off with Georgie D’Auvray EC, sliding the pair into the fifth-place spot. “Georgie is the 15-year-old horse that I’ve had forever,” she added. “He is awesome, but I was exhausted and I decided to let him go back to the barn.”

Karrie Rufer (USA) & Mr. Europe during the awards ceremony

We were thrilled to once again have a huge crowd cheering as Karrie Rufer (USA) sped to victory. Spectators enjoyed beer, wine, and appetizers compliments of Altos Animal Chiropractic as they watched the exciting class.

Final Results – $24,500 Circuit Opener Grand Prix

1) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Mr. Europe – 0 / 0 – 36.40

2) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Capitale 6 – 0 / 0 – 39.75

3) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Stern den Folletti – 0 / 0 – 42.35

Source: Press Release from West Palms Events

Photo: © Grand Prix Photography