Riley and Robin De Ponthual Return to Win $73,800 CSI2* Grand Prix

Schuyler Riley (USA) and Robin De Ponthual ran away with the victory in Sunday’s $73,800 Traverse City CSI2* Grand Prix to wrap up the third week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. Riley and Katherine Gallagher’s 17-year-old Selle Français gelding (Elf D’Or x Calypso D’Herbiers) set the pace to beat early and could not be caught.

An international field of 34 came forward in Sunday’s class to test Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) first-round course. The field was whittled down to nine clear round efforts, with seven US riders and one from Canada. Riley, second to jump off, omitted strides nearly everywhere she could on the short track, racing to a time of 34.91 seconds and leaving the remaining seven pairs to try and catch her.

“Robin has a massive stride and the jump-off suited his stride,” Riley said of her top mount. “We walked specific numbers. I was on my plan until the vertical [at the second to last] and did one extra. Then I saw one less to the last. So the math all worked out in my favor!

“He always had the talent,” she continued about Robin De Ponthual, a horse she’s had the ride on for several years. “He is a very sensitive animal and it took about a year and a half for us to really bond. Since we’ve bonded he will turn himself inside out for me. I trust him completely and he is amazing.”

Final Results: $73,800 CSI2* Grand Prix

1. ROBIN DE PONTHUAL: 2005 SF gelding by Elf D’Or x Calypso D’Herbiers

SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), Katherine Gallagher: 0/0/34.91

2. AKUNA MATTATA: 2008 AHHA mare by Quinar Z x Landwind II

NICOLE SHAHINIAN-SIMPSON (USA), Silver Raven Farms: 0/0/35.06

3. FANTASY BB: 2010 KWPN mare by Cardento x Labor’s VDL Indorado

JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Windsor Show Stables: 0/0/37.45

4. MA POMME DE TAMERVILLE: 2012 BWP mare by Deauville Van T&L x Contendro II

ANNA WILKS (CAN), IN Showjumpers: 0/0/37.87

5. MAESTRO VAN HET BINNENVELD: 2012 BWP stallion by Hunter’s Scendix x Conan Z

WESLEY NEWLANDS (CAN), Weslands Farm: 0/4/37.61

6. CASALLVANO: 2009 HOLST gelding by Casall x Gestion Silvano N

EVA FISHERMAN (USA), Eva Fisherman: 0/4/37.90

7. MAESTRO VICA V/D ARK: 2012 BWP stallion by Lordanos x Heartbreaker

NATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses LLC: 0/8/35.40

8. ISAAC 22: 2008 BWP gelding by Nonstop x Darco

VICTORIA KETCHUM (USA), Copperline Farm LLC: 0/8/39.74

9. GIOLITA: 2011 KWPN mare by C-Ingmar x Padinus

EMMA SARGENT (USA), Emma Sargent: 0/WD

10. CARISSIMO 25: 2013 HOLST gelding by Cascadello x Clinton

MAVIS SPENCER (USA), Georgy Maskrey-Segesman: 2/78.30

11. SONIC BOOM: 2012 SWB Gelding by Seacoast Wonderful

HAILEY ROYCE (USA), Double Clear LLC: 4/71.51

12. CHUCK BERRY 8: 2007 HANN gelding by Chacco Blue x Watzmann

OLIVIA CHOWDRY (USA), Atlas Equine Holdings LLC: 4/71.83

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