18-year-old Mckayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT, snagged the win in the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40M speed class on Friday, January 18 riding Bon Vivan. Langmeier and her eight-year-old gelding Bon Vivant (Bustique x Doris Day V Overis Z), competed in the high junior jumpers last year and decided to test the waters in their first FEI class this afternoon.
Mckayla Langmeier and Bon Vivant. Photo © Sportfot.
Langmeier stated that goal was to have a fast and competitive ride and she did just that. The pair went towards the end of the line-up, putting in a fast and clear round of 58.77 seconds to top the class. They will compete later in the week in the $36,000 CaptiveOne 1.45m Classic on Sunday and hope to continue at this level throughout circuit.
Mckayla is known for a successful junior career and is now a freshman at Auburn University and a part of their NCAA Division 1 equestrian team. Although she is riding in her first year as an amateur, Langmeier regularly competes against the top professionals in the world. “It’s still really exciting to come out here against these top riders and do so well,” she said.
Andrew Kocher (USA) aboard the eight-year-old mare Abelone O.T Lowlands Z (Andiamo Z x Dawn O.T. Lowlands Z) came in a close second by only 0.09 seconds. They went early in the order and maintained their lead for the entirety of the class until Langmeier and Bon Vivant put in their effort. Third place went to Kelli Cruciotti (USA) riding 3 Seas, LLC’s Grandy De Laubry (Chin Chin x Cerimpta De Laubry) with only a 0.11 second difference between her and Kocher.
Mckayla Langmeier with ringmaster Steve Rector and Bainbridge Chairman and CEO Richard Schechter. Photo © Sportfot.
Final Results: $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Jumper
1 BON VIVANT: 2010 Zangersheide gelding by Bustique x Doris Day V Overis Z
MCKAYLA LANGMEIER (USA), Linda Langmeier: 0/58.77
2 ABELONE O.T LOWLANDS Z: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Andiamo Z x Dawn O.T. Lowlands Z
ANDREW KOCHER (USA), Andrew Kocher: 0/58.86
3 GRANDY DE LAUBRY: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Chin Chin x Cerimpta De Laubry
KELLI CRUCIOTTI (USA), 3 Seas, LLC: 0/58.97
4 CHIARA MIA: 2009 Westphalian mare by Coronas x Calido’s Girl
BEAT MANDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/59.47
5 CLEARWATER 5: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Clearway x Savona
SHANNON HICKS (USA), Helen Gilbert: 0/60.16
6 CHERRYPOP: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Contendro x Cinderella Z
MARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/61.20
7 CATINKA 25: 2009 Oldenburg by Catoki x Despina
VANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/62.20
8 PALOMA: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Canaletto S x H Lila M
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Kathleen Kamine: 0/62.61
9 CALVALOU: 2007 Oldenburg gelding by Calvaro x Grand Lulu
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus LTD: 0/63.03
10 SO WHAT HP Z: 2010 Zangersheide mare
LUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO (BRA), Santa Cecilia Stables: 0/63.55
11 DAVIDOFF DE LASSUS:2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Ugano Sitte x Origine Du Mont D’or
ZOE CONTER (BEL), Stephex Stables: 0/64.42
12 CHRISTOS: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Passionara II
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Elizabeth Grace Cohen: 0/65.60