Venezuela’s Barrios Tops The Leaderboard at Split Rock Jumping Tour Lexington International CSI2*

Two-time Olympian Pablo Barrios of Venezuela, topped the class in the $2,500 1.40m Hallway Feed Speed class at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s (SRJT) fifth annual Lexington International CSI2*, held in Lexington, KY, May 22-26.

Pablo Barrios and Donna Vi.  Josh Winslow Photograph.

Barrios rode Donna Vi, owned by Cavalli Reale Stables, to victory with a perfect clean round in a time of 61.43 second. Barrios competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2008 Hong Kong Olympics as well as four WEG (2014, 2010, 2006, 1998) and the 2011 World Cup Final,
giving him the expertise he needed to win.

Second place was awarded to Sandra Dalman and Dorina, owned by Dalman Show Jumping. The pair also finished the round without penalty, but their time of 65.98 seconds was not enough to catch Barrios.

Chelsea Roche with Astilla.  Josh Winslow Photograph.

Chelsea Roche and Astilla, owned by JR Show Stables, won the 1.30 Meter Speed class. Astilla completed the course with no penalties in a time of 55.03, barely edging out Andrew Kocher with Cucata for Eye Candy Jumpers, who turned in a time of 55.65 seconds for second place.

The 1.20 Meter Speed class went to Meghan Kaupp and Angelo. Kaupp piloted Angelo around the course in 54.42 seconds for the win, just keeping ahead of Sofia Carmona riding Miguel Carmona’s Pluton De Vy Z who crossed through the timers in 55.46 seconds.

SRJT Founder Derek Braun with winner of the 1.20 Meter Speed Meghan Kaupp, second lace Sofia Carmona and third place Sandra Dalman.  Josh Winslow Photograph.

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments, took home the top prize in the 1.10 Meter Speed class. The pair turned in a faultless round in a time of 59.44 for the win. Second place went to veteran Irish rider Darragh Kerins aboard NRG Farms’ Un Soir De Sion, who went clear in a time of 63.42 seconds.

Meagan Nusz aboard Vesuvius.  Josh Winslow Photograph.

For the past five years, the SRJT has been revolutionizing the sport of show jumping in the U.S. Modeled after successful European shows, the SRJT gives competitors, sponsors and spectators an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” by hosting competitions at world-class venues, offering top prize money, awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, horses, owners, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail. Garnering rave reviews from many of the world’s top riders, it’s no surprise that the SRJT draws large fields of top entries from multiple nations.

Over 125 riders from 20 nations are at the 2019 Lexington International CSI2* including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, USA and Venezuela..

“We are thrilled that we have so many top riders joining us again for our fifth annual Lexington International CSI2*,” said Derek Braun, Split Rock Jumping Tour founder and CEO. “The show offers both national and international level classes in various divisions from Children’s to Juniors to Amateur-Owners to Grand Prix, giving everyone a chance to experience what we have to offer.”