Napa Valley-inspired To-Kalon Farm’s verdant polo field hosted two arenas of show jumping on the grass for Turf Tour 6, who’s Wednesday competition saw Ireland’s Darragh Kenny put another win in his 2021 resume. His two late in the day rides topped the bested a 25 horse field in the $3,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic while .80M-1.20M classes ran adjacent. Kenny is poised to claim his 3rd $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix victory of the season on Friday at To-Kalon to wrap up week 6, unless another horse & rider team can match his accuracy and speed.
Kenny and Casper put in an effortless double clear round as one of the last rides in the Rising Star, breezing to a jump-off time of 33.102 seconds. His new time knocked Alex Matz & Jillz (34.118), who had been holding the lead since his first to go ride, into second place. Kenny was quick to assert his dominance with a second double clear effort, this time with Belo Horizonte, in 33.150 seconds, knocking Quentin Judge & HH Zorro Z (37.590) out of the top 3.
The Turf Tour’s mission is to provide an exceptional show experience for both horse and rider, with flexible schedules, exceptional all-natural footing, a variety of gorgeous venues around Wellington, and the versatility to be used as either a stepping stone to bigger classes or an alternative to the traditional show experience. According to one exhibitor this week at To-Kalon, the Turf Tour is “a genius idea; its so relaxed, and a great experience for the horses.”
Friday’s competition will continue at To-Kalon beginning at 8am. Open cards give a show & go option for those competing at other events in Wellington, and the Turf Tour each week hosts not only their top money classes ($15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix, $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic, and $3,000 1.30M Speed Stake), but also a variety of rated levels and divisions beginning at .80M. The Ridge also hosts USEF Equitation Tuesdays for riders looking to earn points, and will host its second unrecognized Hunter Derby Days on March 20-21, with over $17,000 in prize money.
For a full schedule and prizelists, visit www.RidgeShowJumping.com
To enter online or for full results for all of the Turf Tour events, visit www.HorseShowing.com