Aaron Vale Wins $37K Restylane® 1.45m FEI Welcome at Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Aiken International CSI2*

Aaron Vale rode Elusive to victory in the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome class at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s (SRJT) new event, the Aiken International CSI2*.  Operating under COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, the show will run through Sunday, November 8 at Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park in Aiken, South Carolina.

Aaron Vale on Elusive. Photo by Winslow Photography.

“I want to thank everyone for the great turnout we have here this week,” said Derek Braun, Split Rock Jumping Tour founder and CEO. “The support of our exhibitors and sponsors is vital to our efforts to put on a world-class event like this and I thank everyone for helping us make this event so successful!”

Out of a starting field of 47 horses, Vale was one of five to reach the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump, first-round course designed by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge. Two entries then turned in another clean round over the seven-jump, jump-off course with Vale claiming the win with the fastest time of 39.510 seconds. Placing second was Abigail Mcardle with no faults and a time of 40.760 seconds on Victorio 5 with third going to Andrea Torres-Guerreiro who finished with eight faults in 41.320 seconds on Fifty Shades.

Aaron Value on Elusive in their presentation ceremony. Photo by Winslow Photography.

“We’re excited to come to Aiken to have a good horse show before the end of the year. It seems to be working out,” said Vale. “I think the atmosphere here [Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park] drives you a little bit too. It’s got a little more atmosphere that gives you more energy and focus, it’s working.”

The Aiken International CSI2* is hosting a full schedule of show jumping classes ranging in height from .85m to 1.45m with classes for juniors, amateurs and top professionals. The schedule includes three FEI classes – the $10,000 1.40m FEI Speed class on Thursday, the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome on Friday, and the week’s culminating event, the $100,000 1.45m FEI Grand Prix on Sunday.

About Split Rock Jumping Tour

Now in its sixth year, the SRJT has been revolutionizing the way the sport of show jumping is presented in the U.S. and has been creating a truly “unparalleled show jumping experience” for competitors, sponsors and spectators alike. Competing in the SRJT is unlike any other American horse show experience. SRJT competitions offer top prize money, extravagant awards, and numerous first-class amenities not typically found at any other horse show. In 2020, SRJT has adopted Green is the New Blue operating standards to prioritize green practices at all Split Rock Jumping Tour events. To learn more about SRJT, click here.