Keely Mc Intosh continued her streak of Pin Oak victories in the $20,000 U25 Grand Prix. She notched the winning performance aboard Goofy Van Overis, and, for good measure, she also placed second aboard So Live Helau. Think Big Van TL with Carolina Villanueva claimed third.
“So Live Helau won last year, and Goofy won this year–he was fantastic for me,” she said. “He just jumped his first grand prix last month. He’s still green, and he really came together for the class.”
Mc Intosh said Goofy rallied in the jump-off and came through for her when she needed him.
“In the jump-off, I got a little long, and he saved me,” she said. “It worked out really well, and I was really happy with both of them. Sully, of course, is always fantastic, but Goofy really outshined him today.”
Mc Intosh described the course as challeging and one of the biggest tracks she’s jumped with Goofy. “It was bigger than last year’s grand prix, and the course was tough,” she said. “I appreciated that because it makes you ride better. Carolina, who made it to the jump-off, too, is a grand prix rider as well, so I think we had an edge. I like it when the jumps are bigger. This is the best horse show of the year, for sure. It’s always fun and exciting and an honor to win here.”
Mc Intosh thanked her many supporters and even chased them down for a victory photo after the class. “I want to thank everyone– Mario Alvaretto, my groom, Juan Ortiz and McLain Ward who find the horses for me, and Britt McCormick and Berry Porter who help me. And, of course, my mom, who is the glue.”