Ireland’s Darragh Kenny led a twelve-horse jump-off with a speedy finish in Saturday’s $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix riding 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Important De Muze, owned by Kerry Anne LLC. The pair posted a time of 35.96 seconds to best an international field.
“My horse felt really good in the first round, and the course was straightforward as I walked it,” said Kenny of Ken Krome’s track. “Going into the jump-off, I felt confident with my horse because he is quite experienced and he has done a good number of these classes. I knew I could do one less stride than most of my competitors from one to two and then I had to stay on and hope it went well.”
Kenny has had the ride on Important de Muze for more than a year and developed a strong partnership with the mount.
“He has been a super horse for me,” said Kenny, who has been a familiar face at WEF for the last decade, and is having a memorable 2020 season with consistent top results. “This year has been great, and they have done a great job with the footing in the International Arena which has made a big difference.”
Behind Kenny in second place, McLain Ward (USA) rode his own Mundill to a time of 36.555 seconds. Finishing close behind in third place was Jessica Mendoza from Great Britain aboard Dollar Girl producing a clear round with a time of 36.827 seconds for owner Winsor Farms. Fourth place went to Antonio Martinez, Jr. (VEN) and Forman De Virton, owned by Tack Up Stable Corp. with no faults and a time of 37.553 seconds. Rounding out the top five, Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) rode Van De Emma to a time of 39.093 seconds for owner Oakridge Farm.