Enrique Gonzalez and his horse Quilebo D’Tillard delivered a clear round in the jump-off to win the $50,000 Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix
Thunderbird Show Park’s $50,000 Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix had true international flavour.
Benefitting JustWorld International, the show jumping competition showcased talent from around the globe with riders from Canada, the US, Venezuela, Egypt, and Mexico taking spots in the top 10.
Four advanced to the jump off in a tough course set by Peter Holmes, but only Enrique Gonzalez on Quilebo D’Tillard delivered the double clear to win the class.
“When I walked the course, I thought it looked difficult, but when I saw the first riders go… I was lucky to have a late draw because it had a lot of technical lines,” noted Gonzalez.
Fifty-one horse-rider combinations got the class underway on Friday night. Mathew Williams was the first to go clean, but a single time fault kept him out of the second round.
Olympian and 2012 FEI World Cup champion Rich Fellers had four faults on Colgan Cruise to take 12th overall behind fellow four faulters, Kyle King on Quigley, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan, and Langley’s own Brian Morton on Spitfire.
The first clear ride of the day went to Langley-local, Andrea Strain, aboard Djakarta, getting the fans on their feet, followed by Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111.
As the class came to a close, both Fellers on his second mount, Lady Lux, and Gonzalez were the only other riders to make it through.
“In the jump off, everybody had faults so I just had to do a clear round,” Gonzalez explained. “My horse was doing so well and I went for it.”
This was the first opportunity for riders to test themselves on Thunderbird’s renowned grass field in preparation for next week’s World Cup.