Brazil’s Yuri Mansur and Babylotte topped 82 additional entries to win the $35,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.45m Classic CSI2* on Friday, March 9.
Mansur and the 12-year-old KWPN mare owned by Mansur and Euro Stables tripped the jump-off timers in 35.11 seconds to take the victory over fellow Brazilian Pedro Muylaert who finished in 36.05 seconds riding C’est Dorijke, owned by Ricardo Facchini.
Third place with a time of 36.33 seconds went to the USA’s Hunter Holloway riding Eastern Jam for owner Hays Investment Corp.
While it did not work out for Mansur to compete in the five-star competition this week, it ended up being a good way for him to work on things with Babylotte.
“It was good in the end, because for a long time I was thinking of trying to find another bit,” he said. “The last few jump-offs we’ve done, I’ve always had one mistake here or there, so I thought I should try to change the bit. And that was the answer. This was perfect. She won, and I found a new bit!”
While Mansur initially purchased Babylotte three years ago as a 1.40m speed horse, the mare has continued to step up the ranks, proving successfully in CSI5* competition, and he has his sights set on big goals for 2018.
“This year, the plan is hopefully the [World Equestrian Games] and CHIO Aachen,” said Mansur.
Final results: $35,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.45m Classic CSI2*
1 BABYLOTTE: 2006 KWPN mare by Dollar du Murier x Concorde
YURI MANSUR (BRA), Yuri Mansur/Euro Stables: 0/0/35.11
2 C’EST DORIJKE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare
PEDRO MUYLAERT (BRA), Ricardo Facchini: 0/0/36.05
3 EASTERN JAM: 2009 KWPN gelding by Lexicon x Monaco
HUNTER HOLLOWAY (USA), Hays Investment Corp.: 0/0/36.33
4 QUINTENDER LS: 2009 La Silla gelding by Quidam de Revel x Contender
CARLOS MYRRHA (BRA), El Milagro: 0/0/37.28
5 COLUMBCILLE DE REVE: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Hermes de Reve x Errigal Flight
NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Crooks Show Jumping LLC: 0/0/38.27
6 CASSINJA S: 2006 Dutch Sporthorse mare by Carinjo x Cassini I
CHARLES JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse, LLC: 0/0/40.26
7 SALITOS 8: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Stalypso x Böckmann’s Cordale Z
REBECCA CONWAY (USA), HBC Sport Horses: 0/4/34.51
8 HITCHCOCK VD BROEKKANT: 2007 BWP gelding by Canturo x Heartbreaker
ALISE OKEN (USA), Hi Hopes Farm LLC: 0/4/38.04
9 GRAND CRU VD JIJF EIKEN: 2006 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Contact van de Heffinck x Heartbreaker
VANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/4/40.03
10 CHEROKEE: 2007 KWPN gelding by Ccardento x Creool
JENNIFER MATTELL (CAN), Joe Mattell: 0/8/36.87
11 ITTY BITTY: 2005 Canadian Sport Horse mare by Mr. ITT x Prospector’s Hlo
KELLY SOLEAU-MILLAR (USA), Kelly Soleau: 0/8/37.72
12 FIRE AND ICE J: 2010 Westphalian stallion by For Contest x Coronino
LEONIE BOCKMANN (GER), Turniergemeinschaft Brinkmann & Böckmann Pferde GmbH: 1/74.13