Langley, Vancouver, British Columbia – August 19, 2022 – The youngest rider in the field led the victory lap in the $37,200 Uryadi’s Village Cup CSI 3* on Friday at Thunderbird Show Park, as 19-year-old Brooke Morin (USA) earned her first international victory with NKH Carrido.
The young rider bested a five-horse jump-off set by Anderson Lima (BRA), crossing the timers nearly two seconds faster, setting the winning mark in 40.68 seconds.
First to return for the short course, Jeffrey Fields (USA) and Sherlina Ale had another podium finish, earning silver honors in 42.17 seconds while with Uma O’Neill (NZL) and Clockwise of Greenhill Z completed the podium in 43.04 seconds.
Morin’s plan was simple: Commit to winning.
“My plan was definitely to go for it, to go as fast as I [could] and to take the best turns I could to make my time better,” she said.
And if she needed any encouragement, she had the crowd’s backing. Her team chanted from the ingate at every opportunity to maintain her forward momentum.
“The crowd was very loud. I like that,” Morin said. “It definitely helped me, and it made [NKH Carrido] a little more excited I think too.”
Morin has been partnered with the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion (Carrico x Escudo II) for the past two years and is finding her partnership at its strongest after jumping their first five-star 1.50m class this summer in Calgary. That’s made commuting between Langley, where trainer Kyle King (USA) is based, and her California home, easier.
“I feel super confident. That definitely helps, for sure,” she said. “I would say, the key for doing these big classes and wanting to win is being confident.”
Final Results – $37,200 Uyradi’s Village CSI 3*
1) Brooke Morin (USA) & NKH Carrido – 0 / 0 – 40.68
2) Jeffrey Fields (USA) & Sherlina Ale – 0 / 0 – 42.17
3) Uma O’Neill (NZL) & Clockwise Of Greenhill Z – 0 / 0 – 43.04
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Thunderbird Show Park
Photos: © Tbird / Quinn Saunders