Katie Laurie wins CSI4* opening class in Traverse City
As the kick-off event for the 12-week Traverse City Horse Shows (TCHS) series in 2021, the Traverse City Spring Horse Show (TCS), presented by the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, welcomed a field of international show jumpers. A total of 30 athletes went to the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring on Thursday afternoon to compete for the top honors in the $ 36,600 Limitless Performance Speed Classic CSI4 *, but in the end it was Australian Katie Laurie who won the leading end of the Great to Carissa McCall’s Cera Caruso. Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) ran in a two-phase format and asked participants to leave all rails intact over the 8-obstacle power phase in order to advance to the 5-obstacle speed phase for their shot on the winning circle. The Canadian Tiffany Foster led the way as the first competitor in the arena, quickly advancing into the speed phase and claiming to finish in 31.01 seconds on board Hamilton, which is owned by the Hamilton Group.
During the entire duration of the class, the lead changed hands nine times, while various talented horse-and-athlete pairs continued to cut time and put in impressive, flawless laps. The twenty-third pair in the starting order, Jonathan McCrea from the USA and Jasmijn from Windsor Show Stables, were at the top of the group with a time of 27.24 seconds. Only seven athletes would be left to get a place in the winners’ circle.
While the few who followed couldn’t quite catch up with McCrea’s leading time, the penultimate pair, who tackled the combined strength and speed course with 13 obstacles, would give everything. Laurie piloted Cera Caruso, a 13-year-old Australian warmblood gelding, through the sprawling arena with ease, cutting off six tenths of a second from McCrea’s time to slip into first place in 26.83 seconds. The last couple on the course, Makayla Barta and Cirdano, suffered four penalties at the end of the performance phase, which ultimately gave Laurie and Cera Caruso the blues. McCrea and Jasmijn finished the class in second place, with Israeli Daniel Bluman and Marilyn from the Over the Top Stables completing the top 3 with a time of 27.47 seconds just behind McCrea.
Laurie also earned valuable points for the CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus, which gives show jumpers the opportunity to earn points during the 12-week Traverse City Horse Shows series. The CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus is awarded to the athlete with the most points at the end of the $ 230,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI5 * 2021 presented by CaptiveOne Advisors at Traverse City Horse Shows. With the win on Thursday afternoon, Laurie has already placed herself in the top competition for the prize money for the rest of the season. The show jumping competition at the Traverse City Spring Horse Show continues on Friday, June 11th, highlighting the CSI4. Welcome stake valued at $ 36,600 * as athletes compete for a spot on Sunday at the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Grand Prix CSI4 * Compete worth $ 213,300.