Andrew Ramsay and Cocq A Doodle On Point at Split Rock Jumping Tour

Andrew Ramsay and Cocq A Doodle.  Winslow Photography LLC.

Columbus, Ohio – October 5, 2017 – The rain came Thursday to the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Columbus International CSI 3*, held at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio, but it did not dampen the competitive spirit of the horses and riders.

The feature event of the day, the $35,000 CSI 3* Hollow Creek Farm 1.45 Meter Speed Cup went to Andrew Ramsay, USA, and Cocq A Doodle who turned in a blazing clear round in 60.17 seconds

Cocq A Doddle, known in the barn as ‘Doodles’, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare (Tolan R x Niagara) owned by The Doodle Group, and Ramsay have been partnered for the past year and a half, securing multiple top placing’s across the country.

“She is a fantastic mare,” said Ramsay.  “She is a fighter.  She gets out there and she is quick, she just looks for the next fence.  A really enjoyable horse to ride.  She is eager and has plenty of energy.  Our plan on the first day was just to let her go a bit, let her get confident, and she really delivered.  Her confidence zone is to let her out and let her have some pace and it worked out for us.”

Second place went to Emanuel Andrade, VEN, and Bon Jovi.  The pair came close to Ramsay, clear in 60.44 seconds, but not close enough.  Third place was Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wylde, USA, with Aimee, owned by Aram Ampagoumian LLC.  The pair were clear in 62.1 and held the lead for most of the class until they were bumped from the top of the leaderboard by Ramsay and Andrade.

Marion Scott Head with Poker Face M.  Winslow Photography LLC.
Marion Scott Head of Brownsboro, AL, rode her Poker Face M to victory in the High 1.40 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class.  Twelve horse and rider combinations tested their mettle over the course set by designer Olaf Petersen.  Only Head and Eugenio Garza with El Milagro’s Victer Finn DH Z, managed to complete both the power and the speed sections of the track without penalty.  Head’s time of 45.842 seconds decisively gave her the win over Garza who finished in 51.874 seconds.
Peter Wylde with Bella Donna.  Winslow Photography LLC.
Peter Wylde rode the Oakridge Farm entry Bella Donna for the won in the 1.30 Meter Speed class.  This combination finished the course as the only ones with no faults in 71.631, a full three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Valentina Rocha and Ina De Laubry.  Winslow Photography LLC.

The Medium 1.30 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class was decided by 0.007 of a second.  The win went to Columbian rider Valentina Rocha and Ina De Laubry.   They turned in two clear rounds in a time of 39.877 to take the lead from Cuchica and Nicole Loochtan who also turned in double clears in a time of 39.884 seconds.

As Rocha stood on the podium in the pouring rain listening to the national anthem of Columbia, she was asked if it was worth riding in the rain to get to hear it played for her.  Rocha’s answer was clear and heartfelt, “Definitely!”

Olivia Chowdry with Douwe.  Winslow Photography LLC.
Olivia Chowdry, Denver, CO, and Douwe, owned by Henri Prudent, walked away with a soggy blue ribbon for their win in the 1.20 Meter Junior/Amateur Owner Power and Speed class.  The 22-horse.field faced some tremendous downpours during the class, but Chowdry and Douwe were undaunted.  They had a faultless round in a time of 36.624 seconds.  Second place went to local pair, Boujis and Madeline Dunlap, who hails from New Albany, Ohio.
Schedule highlights for SRJT include:
The Columbus International 2 CSI3* – October 4-8
The FEI classes include the $35,000 CSI3* 1.45m Hollow Creek Farm Speed Cup, $40,000 Amalaya Investments CSI3* 1.50m Welcome Class and the $130,000 CSI3* 1.55m Split Rock Farm Grand Prix.
“Lugano Diamonds Party” with Bonus Private Concert
The highly anticipated SRJT social event, “The Lugano Diamonds Party,” will take place at Brave Horse on Friday evening, October 6.  Admission is $150 per person. Following the dinner, there will be a private concert, included in the dinner admission, by well-known country singer, Sam Riggs!
About Split Rock Jumping Tour
The Split Rock Jumping Tour is modeled after successful European shows and gives competitors, sponsors and spectators an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” by changing the way show jumping is presented in the U.S. Split Rock offers competitions at world-class venues along with top prize money, extravagant awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, owners, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail.