Wellington, Florida, USA – February 13, 2022 – The final day of the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival’s (WEF) fifth week, Sunday, February 13, was sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, and the weekend concluded with the $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI 2* wrapping up competition in the International Arena. The course proved too challenging for almost all of the 43 entries as only Chloe Reid (USA) and Team Reid LLC’s Crossover 4 found the path to a clear first round.
The final jump on course was the downfall for a large group of the contenders and groans could be heard in the crowd each time it fell and dashed the hopes of a jump-off. Sophie Maher (USA) and Quentin Judge (USA) came the closest to producing a jump-off but suffered at the hands of a single time fault added to their score. As the last combination took down a rail, it was evident Reid’s single faultless round in 64.54 seconds would be the winner.
With her single time fault, Sophie Maher (USA) took the red-ribbon honors aboard her own 13-year-old SLS gelding Sentimiento LS La Silla (Casall x Santo Domingo) finishing just .17 seconds over the time allotted in 68.17 seconds.
Quentin Judge (USA) rounded out the all-American podium with his time of 68.25 seconds on the Double H Farm’s nine-year-old Zangersheide gelding HH Zorro Z (VDL Zirocco Blue x Escudo I).
“I think I was fortunate I went early because it definitely would’ve rattled my nerves if I had seen everyone having faults,” said Reid. “I walked the course and made my plan, and I stuck to it. I have had him since he was six years old and know he’s a fast horse so I wasn’t too worried. I knew if I could be efficient in a few places I could make it happen.”
Reid has been partnered with the nine-year-old Hanoverian stallion for the past three years. The pair has notched top placings in multiple FEI classes elsewhere, but this was their FEI week and first FEI win at WEF.
“This was our FEI debut here at WEF so I could not be happier about the outcome,” affirmed Reid. “It has been nice to have several years to grow our partnership; he is so competitive, and he was right on it today. I have never had that kind of thing happen in a grand prix before, and I think it was more nerve-wracking than to have had a jump-off!”
Final Results – $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Chloe Reid (USA) & Crossover 4 – 0 – 64.54
2) Sophie Maher (USA) & Sentimiento LS La Silla – 0 – 68.17
3) Quentin Judge (USA) & HH Zorro Z – 0 – 68.25
Source: Press Release by Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / WEF – Winter Equestrian Festival
Photos: © Sportfot