Sweet Redemption for Ashlee Bond at MLSJ San Miguel

Ashlee Bond & Donatello 141. Photo by Ashley Neuhof / MLSJ

Edited Press Release

“It makes me cautiously optimistic that it’s going to go better,” said Ashlee Bond (ISR) of how a disappointing day on Friday mentally led her to redemption in the Major League Show Jumping GNP Seguros CSI5* Grand Prix on Saturday.

She and Donatello 141 (10yo WESTF gelding by Diarado x Lamoureux I) were untouchable in the five-horse jump-off over courses built by Guilherme Jorge (BRA) on the stunning grass field at Otomí Residencial Hípico in San Miguel de Allende, MEX. No one watching would have guessed that the fierce mount is the same horse Bond trail rides at home and lets her daughter sit on.

“He’s such a good boy, I don’t really know what else to say,” she concluded. “He makes my job really easy. He comes out every day, he tries his hardest, and the bigger the jumps, the better!”

Completing the podium, Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Chancelloress (12yo HANN mare by Chacco-Blue x Balou du Rouet) couldn’t catch Bond and settled in second for owners Niall Carey and Trelawny Farm. Bliss Heers blazed a path in the first round as the leading clear to finish third with Antidote de Mars (11yo SF stallion by Diamant de Semilly x Jarnac).

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Podium finishers Paul O’Shea, Ashlee Bond & Bliss Heers.
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Irish Flag Takes the Final Wave in MLSJ CSI2* Grand Prix

Jordan Coyle & Boston Ask. MLSJ Photo

Major League Show Jumping concluded a stunning week in Mexico at Otomí Residencial Hípico in San Miguel de Allende with a win for Ireland’s Jordan Coyle and Boston Ask in the Rosewood CSI2* Grand Prix.

Boston Ask (13yo HANN gelding by Berlin x Quidam de Revel) joined Coyle and owner Elan Farm’s string at the start of 2021 with high hopes. Sunday’s win marks their second international victory together. From a seven-horse jump-off, Coyle edged out runner up Jana Wargers (GER) and Chacco’s Lady 2 by fractions of a second for the victory. Bliss Heers (USA) rounded out the podium with Christos in third.

Earlier in the day, which featured 2* competition on Otomí’s picture-perfect grass field, Lauren Esdale capped a successful week for her home country of Canada with a win in the Gas Express CSI2* Big Tour 1.35m riding Missy van de Neerheide.

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