By Emily Randolph/Randolph PR
Katy, TX – Jacqueline Ruyle kept her hometown hot streak alive on Thursday, March 24, claiming both first and second in the $10,000 Welcome Jumper Stake during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSEC) in Katy, TX.
Ruyle earned the victory aboard her own Cyramo Z and the second-place honor aboard San Chano, the same mount she rode to victory in the $100,000 Galvin Agency Lone Star State Grand Prix at the GSEC Texas Winter Series less than a month ago.
This time, it was Cyramo Z who was not to be beat. The 11-year-old Zangersheide mare was the very first to contest the course set by Manuel Esparza, and she turned in an immediate jump-off round that would prove uncatchable through the remainder of the 18 total entries.
With Ruyle coming the closest to catching her own time aboard San Chano for second place, third place went to Shawn Casady and RMF Chacco Top, owned by Ashland Farms.
For Ruyle the secret to her recent string of successes – which includes back-to-back grand prix wins and another one-two finish at the Texas Winter Series – is increased confidence.
“I used to go in the ring and be a little tense, and then you lose your momentum a little bit,” said Ruyle, 28. “Just relaxing, really focusing, and having good confidence that I can get around makes a big difference. It feels like things slow down, and you can make decisions.”
Ruyle, who trains with Bedoya Training Stables, keeps her horses at home in Seabrook, TX, and, as a nearby Houston native, Ruyle has a long history with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.
“I think I’ve been to Pin Oak every year since I was 15, so it’s probably about my 12th time here,” said Ruyle. “I just love it. I love the hospitality; they do a great job. They always bring great course designers, and really step up the game at this show.”