By Emily Kerr
THERMAL, Calif. – January 28, 2021 – Adding to their victory in Wednesday’s $5,000 SmartPak Welcome Speed, Shawn Casady (USA) aboard Neil Jones Equestrian’s Lyranta Van’t Gebroekt captured first place in the $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix speed class. Casady and the Belgian Warmblood mare (Lord Chin x Gyranta) stopped the timers at 60.76 seconds.
Coming in second place was Carlee McCutcheon (USA) aboard her own MTM Unexpected (Sir Shutterfly x Innovation) with a time of 64.046 seconds. In a close third was Ben Asselin (USA) and Attache Stables’ The Freshman (Namelus R x B. Amelusina R22) for their efforts of 64.934 seconds.
“Lyranta – she has a lot of character,” shared Casady. “She’s really fun to ride, has a huge stride, a lot of scope, and is really careful. She is just super competitive in those [speed] classes.”
Casady competed earlier in the day in the $5,000 FEI 1.40m 275.2.5., so he was familiar with some of the lines in the Grand Prix course. “I knew I could do a few leave outs. She really thrives off of doing that; when we leave a stride out. She always jumps amazing,” commented Casady. “This was kind of her course and I knew where I could take chances and where I needed to be conservative.”