Thunderbird Show Park – $34,700 Friends of Tbird presented by Maui Jim (1.45m)

Will Simpson (USA) and The Dude during the Friends of Thunderbird on June 4, 2016 at Thunderbird Show Park (Rebecca Berry)

PRESS RELEASE

Langley, B.C. – The Friends of Tbird presented by Maui Jim grand prix fielded 42 riders with fourteen coming back for the jump-off. Will Simpson and The Dude rode two clear rounds with a fast jump off at 34.86 seconds. Conor Swail and Cita were a close second with a jump off time of 35.26 and Eric Lamaze and Melody des Hayettes Z in third with 35.80 seconds.

Friends of Thunderbird on June 4, 2016 at Thunderbird Show Park (Rebecca Berry)
Friends of Thunderbird on June 4, 2016 at Thunderbird Show Park (Rebecca Berry).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian riders had great first rounds with Eric Lamaze, Tiffany Foster, Elizabeth Gingras, and Jenn Serek all making the jump off. Peter Holmes created a challenging course that asked some good questions from the riders. An especially tight turn to a big oxer with bending line to a one stride caused problems for a few riders. The jump off course asked for some more tight turns to bigger gallops and it started off with beautiful clear rounds from both Eric and Tiffany, but Will Simpson and The Dude took it away with a smooth, fast round and no one could catch him.

Final Results:

1st – Will Simpson and The Dude

2nd – Conor Swail and Cita

3rd – Eric Lamaze and Melody des Hayettes Z

4th – Nayel Nassar and Acita

5th – Tiffany Foster and Cadalora P

6th – Jenn Serek and Wicked

7th – Jennfier Gates and Pumped Up Kicks

8th – Karrie Rufer and Georgie d’Auvray EC

Will Simpson (USA) and The Dude win the Friends of Thunderbird on June 4, 2016 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. (Rebecca Berry)
Will Simpson (USA) and The Dude win the Friends of Thunderbird on June 4, 2016 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. (Rebecca Berry)