rior to Sunday’s main event, the Grand Prix Ring hosted the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
Trained by world number one ranked show jumping athlete Kent Farrington, 16-year-old Charlise Casas, a junior rider from Chicago, Illinois, bested the competitive field of horses and riders with Carona 7, a 12-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by Always Faithful Equine LLC.
The pair topped a seven-horse jump-off and was one of three combinations to finish double-clear in 31.871 seconds to claim the blue ribbon.
Sunday’s win, in addition to their other top placings throughout Week Six, helped Casas and Carona 7 capture the division championship, while the reserve championship went to Erika Jakobson and Up To Date Dodville, owned by Barn Rat LLC.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Charlise Casas – $7,500 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
On Carona 7:
“I’ve had Carona 7 for about a year and a half. She was the first horse who helped me move up to the High [Junior Jumper division], and she’s an amazing horse. She’s always there and helps me out.”
On how she secured the win on Sunday:
“I think my turns were very efficient to the third fence in the jump-off and the vertical after the combination. Her step is very big and covers a lot of ground. I don’t have to worry.”
On training with Kent Farrington:
“While Kent is in Europe, I’ve been trying to stay in the U.S. so I can work on my junior status. Alex Warriner has been helping me out and I meet up with Kent when he’s in the States.”
On competing at GLEF:
“We came to Michigan because of the lake. My parents love the lake. It’s a beautiful area. The showgrounds here are awesome. I really like the setup of the show.”