Wilmington, Ohio – March 05, 2022 – A warm spring breeze filled the open doors of the Sanctuary Arena as week XII Winter Classic feature classes capped off with a field of eleven competing in the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix. The course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky featured fifteen technical jumping efforts and an 82-second time allowed, which proved difficult for many. Just three pairs went clear in round one, all of whom later went double clear in the jump-off.
All three jump-off entries gave it their best, but time proved to be the ultimate determining factor as the top two placings were just fractions of a second apart. Brian Shook (USA) and Oakvale Ventures LLC’s Cinna HP (Couleur Rubin x Coco Chanel Z) claimed the top prize, winning the class by 0.2-seconds.
Shook (USA) credits his longtime partnership with Cinna HP to their $30,000 Grand Prix win. “Cinna HP is a horse that I bred and raised. I’ve had him from the very beginning! Because we have been together for so long, we have formed a nice partnership. That bond really transfers into the show ring.”
Riding out of Hunterpointe Farm in Holly, Michigan, Shook (USA) and the 10-year-old gray Warmblood gelding navigated the technical course with skill to earn clear times of 76.779 seconds and 39.666, ultimately topping the leaderboard.
Shook went on to add, “His specialty is his huge stride! This was only his second Grand Prix that we have ridden in. He is still learning, but he has a big jump and is continuing to learn how to ride the bigger tracks. I am really pleased with his great attitude and the try that he gives me every day.”
Final Results – $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix
1) Brian Shook (USA) & Cinna HP – 0 / 0 – 39.666
2) Chloe Parker (USA) & Cornet S Lady – 0 / 0 – 39.870
3) Chloe Parker (USA) & Tinka’s Soldier – 0 / 0 – 39.870
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Winslow Photography