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Ali Ramsay Wins Second Grand Prix on Desert Circuit

May 4, 2021

first_img Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Ali Ramsay (CAN) and Bonita VH Keizershof Z continued their Grand Prix success during Desert Circuit at Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, CA, landing the top spot in Desert Circuit III’s $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix on Thursday. The pair crossed the speed course timers at 63.637 seconds. In second place was Germany’s Christian Heineking aboard NKH LLC’s NKH Mr. Darcy with a time of 67.173 seconds. Finishing the podium was Carlee McCutcheon (USA) in third, riding her own MTM Fortunate to a close time of 67.384 seconds.“Bonita didn’t show last week and she’s just coming off her week one Grand Prix win, so this is her first class back [with her],” shared Ramsay. “I think when she first started, I just had to wake her up a little bit with my last couple of jumps in the warm-up [arena]. She was a little casual and wasn’t really awake, so I angled my last oxer in the warm-up and sliced the last vertical just to sort of let her know what was coming. Then she was ready to go.”Twenty-seven pairs took on the challenge of Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) course and of the seven clear rounds, Ramsay boasted a 3.536 second lead. “I felt like the inside turns were not a given. I took an inside turn from one to two and I thought it was bold for the first two jumps,” revealed Ramsay on her strategy in the speed course. Heading to jumping efforts 7a and 7b, “I also did an inside turn to the double that I thought was pretty bold. The course was serious enough for the first day out, but it was nice.”Ramsay went seventh in the order of go, so she had to keep her early lead through twenty additional rides. “I am very competitive and I have a ‘Ricky Bobby, if you ain’t first, you’re last,’ type of mentality,” Ramsay noted. “When you go early and have so many to come after you, it’s obviously a little stressful. I felt like I did everything I could do and was pretty confident coming out [of the arena]. She’s very fast.”Full Results: $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix Tags: Ali Ramsay, show jumping, Desert International Horse Park, Desert Circuit, Bonita VH Keizershof Z, SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email*last_img

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