New Zealand showjumper Sharn Wordley has sped to victory at the Split Rock Jumping Tour in Lexington, Kentucky at the weekend.
Wordley topped an international field of 20 to take out the $35,000 Amalaya Investments CSI3* Speed Cup on Saturday, and for good measure, his wife, Ashley, won the Brook Ledge High Junior/Amateur-Owner class.
There were three clear rounds over the course by Guilherme Jorge – designer of the Rio 2016 Olympics – before Wordley entered the ring on the Selle Francais stallion Popstar Lozonais. The first was Kevin Babington of Ireland, riding his Irish gelding Mark Q, who stopped the clock in 64.99. Eckham Van Het Steentje, with Margie Engle in the irons, jumped clean and confident in 74.97. Going for a second win on the tour, Venezuelan Andres Rodriguez took an inside track and tidy turns on his Oldenburg gelding Caballito, finishing just over the mark in 65.24, which would end up third. But Wordley and Popstar Lozonais, owned by Ashland Stables, zoomed around to clock in more than two seconds faster than Babington at 62.53 for the win.
On the first day of the show Wordley was second in the 1.40m Speed Class on Popstar Lozonais, with David Beisel taking out the class on Call me Hannes and also placing third on Rumorosa.
The Split Rock Jumping Tour was founded by international showjumper Derek Braun, who aimed to create an entertaining sporting event that would “revolutionize the way competitors, sponsors, and spectators can benefit from an international Show Jumping event in the United States.”
Wordley said the new Tour gave a European feel to American show jumping. “Here you’ve got good food, parties, you’ve got atmosphere, you’ve got a sense of the organizer really caring about the environment and the atmosphere that we jump in, so it’s a novelty for us. I think it’s going to be very well-supported over the next few years, and I think Derek’s really onto a winner.”
The day was capped off for the Wordley team when Ashley Wordley won the Brook Ledge High Junior/Amateur-Owner class aboard her Chicago V.H. Moleneind, a horse she’s had for two years.
The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs.