CSI 2*

Karrie Rufer Races to a One-Two Finish in $37,000 Restylane Welcome CSI 2*

Sonoma, California, USA – September 10, 2021 – The Sonoma International returned for its fourth year to the scenic Sonoma Horse Park featuring a week of CSI2* competition. Friday was highlighted by the $37,000 Restylane 1.45m FEI Welcome where Olaf Petersen Jr’s (GER) 16-effort course entertained a total of 44 starters from six different nations, but it was ultimately Karrie Rufer (USA) and her own Stern dei Folletti who claimed victory. 

The American and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Toulon x Caspar) were supreme by clearing all the obstacles and completing the only penalty-free performance of the 1.45m challenge, crossing the finish line in 80.800 seconds.

Stern dei Folletti (Toulon x Caspar) is no stranger to the podium at the Sonoma International, finishing third in Thursday’s $10,000 1.40m Speed CSI 2* with Rufer in addition to winning the 2020 $50,000 Restylane Grand Prix with previous rider, Mark Kinsella (IRL). 

“I’m naturally a very competitive person, but it definitely helps that there’s an atmosphere [at Split Rock shows] and usually a lot of friends or family are here as well so that helps me get even more competitive,” Rufer commented of her home venue.

Karrie Rufer (USA) & Georgie d’Auvray EC

Rufer also claimed second place on the podium aboard her longtime partner, Georgie D’Auvray EC, with only one time penalty as a results of their completion of the course in 82.010 seconds.

Kaitlin Campbell (USA) & Ilan

Despite setting the faster than the eventual winners Kaitlin Campbell (USA) and Ilan finished in third, tripping the final timers in 78.600 seconds.

Competition at the Sonoma International CSI 2* will continue through the weekend, highlighted by the $20,000 Restylane National Prix on Saturday, with the $5,000 Animo Youngster Bowl and the $100,000 1.45m Grand Prix CSI 2* culminating the Sonoma stop on Sunday.

Karrie Rufer (USA) & Stern Dei Folletti during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $37,000 Restylane Welcome CSI 2*

1) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Stern Dei Folletti – 0 / 80.800

2) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Georgie D’auvray Ec – 1 / 82.010

3) Kaitlin Campbell (USA) & Ilan – 4 / 78.600

Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for the Split Rock Jumping Tour 

Photos: © Winslow Photography