August 20th, 2017 — Langley, B.C. — It was 19-year-old Eve Jobs with the fastest time on a beautiful Sunday at Thunderbird Show Park. Steve Jobs’ daughter was competing for the first time at Thunderbird, and after a successful week of competition she beat out many of the top riders in the sport, winning the Reliable Rentals $100,000 Grand Prix.
Aboard Venue D’Fees Des Hazalles, a 12-year-old Belgian mare, Jobs had two clear rounds and a winning time in the jump-off of 44.16. Out of the eight riders in the jump-off, Sayre Happy, riding Dolinn, was the only other rider to go clear, with a time of 45.46.
Jobs’ remarked after the class that she has not been riding Venue D’Fees Des Hazalles for very long. “I have actually only been riding her for a few weeks, so she’s a new mount for me,” says Eve.
The mare had previously been brought up the ranks for more than eight years by Belgian rider Fabienne Daigneux-Lange. Eve first took the horse on at the CSI 2* in Samorin, where they had three double-clear rides and a top ten finish in the 1.45m Grand Prix.
The course asked the right amount of questions for many riders in the class. There were lots of big names in the field, and there were some upsets, mostly around the water jump. Conor Swail and Karl Cook both had stops at the water.
Another American, Zazou Hoffman, had the fastest time of 39.88 – beating even speedster Rich Fellers, but she caught a rail on the last jump. Eugenio Garza Perez, who had won both Grand Prix classes the past two days, was expected to give Jobs a run for her money in today’s class. Unfortunately, he had a stop at a big vertical coming out of the corner in the jump-off.
Enjoy this spectacularly entertaining edit of the excitement from Day 5 at Thunderbird, including lots of highlights from Eve’s winning round:
Congratulations to Eve Jobs with the big win today! Thunderbird and the riders look forward to another week of competition and the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping on August 27th.
Results, $100,000 Reliable Rentals Grand Prix
1st – VENUE D’FEES DES HAZALLES – EVE JOBS
2nd – DOLINN – SAYRE HAPPY
3rd – W ZERMIE 13 – ZAZOU HOFFMAN
4th – LUX LADY – RICH FELLERS
5th – LUEBBO – JAMIE BARGE
6th – FELLINI 131 – TAYLOR SIEBEL
7th – ARMANI SL Z – EUGENIO GARZA PEREZ
8th – BILLY MEXICO – VANI KHOSLA
9th – GRAND CRU VD VIJF EIKEN – VANESSA MANNIX
10th – CORAL REEF FOLLOW ME II – MANDY PORTER
11th – SAMSON II – ZAZOU HOFFMAN
12th – FLOWER – CONOR SWAIL