The Kentucky Horse Park was overflowing with horse lovers last week during the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. This year, however, fans were in for a special treat. Along with the international 4* event, they also got to witness some of the world’s top show jumpers in action during the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Kentucky Invitational CSI3*.
Friday afternoon the Kentucky Invitational kicked off with its first class of the weekend, the $35,000 Welcome Speed Cup. Charlie Jayne took the lead aboard Tou La Moon, but were later overtaken by Eric Navet and Catypso. Navet remained in first for quite some time until Margie Goldstein-Engle entered the ring with Dicas and put in a time of 6.1.63 seconds to take the top spot.
“He’s a young horse, kind of a green horse,” said Goldstein-Engle. “I just wanted to see how he did going fast.”
But Goldstein-Engle wouldn’t remain on top for long. Andrew Ramsay and his mount California 62 put in a beautiful, yet crazy quick round to wrap up the course on a time of 59.72 seconds.
Andrew Ramsay and California 62 went fast and clear to take the win tonight in the Split Rock Jumping Tour Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Welcome Speed Cup at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Don't miss the $225,000 1.60m Grand Prix tomorrow night at 4:30 p.m. ET on USEF Network! #USAJumping
Posted by USA Show Jumping on Friday, April 27, 2018
“Margie was very fast,” said Ramsay. “I just tried to ride my plan. The only change was that we did the last line in one more stride.”
Ramsay’s plan paid off. None of the 30 entries could beat their blazing fast time. Originally, Ramsay was torn between showing at the Kentucky Invitational or showing at the Longines Masters in New York, but his decision to give Kentucky a shot definitely worked in his favor.
“It’s great fun being here at the three-day event,” agreed Ramsay. “I hope we can do it again. It’s a wonderful crowd and a great venue and the horses jumped great the first day.”