Layla Kurbanov and Ronja Race to MLSJ CSI2* Two-Phase Win in Traverse city

Layla Kurbanov and Ronja. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

Edited Press Release

August 3 is a special day for Layla Kurbanov (USA), not only because she won the MLSJ 1.40m CSI2* Two-Phase to kick off MLSJ, but also because it was the very day one year ago that she first sat on her winning mount, Ronja.

Forty-five international entries came forward in the first FEI class of the week. Over a track set by Cedric Longis (FRA), riders set their mounts up for a successful week of competition at week five of GLEF.

Kurbanov and Ilan Ferder’s 11-year-old Swiss Warmblood mare navigated the speed phase in 34.11 seconds, setting a quick pace that held until the class drew to a close. Just over a second off her time was Mexico’s Luciana Roberto Gonzales Guerra with Ehrens in 35.23 seconds, and Michael Murphy (USA) took a late claim on third place with Cerolino in 35.48 seconds.

“She’s been a great horse for me,” Kurbanov said of her partner for exactly one year. “I love her a lot. She’s got a great personality in the barn. She can be grumpy but all she wants is attention.”

Layla Kurbanov and Ronja. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The search for Ronja was long and tiresome, but once they met, Kurbanov knew it was a match made in heaven. “I tried a lot of horses and I couldn’t find one I matched with,” she recalled. “The second I jumped the first jump on her I knew I loved her. She has the best feeling. I’ve never ridden any horse like her. I knew she was the one.”

Final Results: 1.40m CSI2* Two Phase

1. RONJA: 2011 CH mare by Conteur x Czandor
LAYLA KURBANOV (USA), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/34.11

2. EHRENS: 2009 KWPN gelding by Cardento x Concorde
LUCIANA ROBERTA GONZALEZ GUERRA (MEX), Luciana Roberto Gonzales Guerra: 0/0/35.23

3. CEROLINO: 2013 HOLST gelding by Cero x Come On
MICHAEL MURPHY (USA), Esperanza Imports LLC: 0/0/35.48

4. DALAKANN DE BREMOY: 2013 SF mare by Kannan x Carthino Z
AUDREY SCHULZE (USA), Riverbrook Sport Horses LLC: 0/0/36.17

5. HYPERBOLICS: 2012 KWPN gelding by Berlin x Tlaloc M
ALEXANDRA PIELET (USA), Co-Pielet LLC: 0/0/36.26

6. MANOLO Z: 2013 ZANG gelding by Mylord Carthago x Corofino
NICOLETTE HIRT (USA), Ballywalter Stables Ltd: 0/0/36.89

7. AQUILES DEL CARIBE Z: 2014 ZANG mare by Action-Breaker x Gerlinus
NIKKO RITTER (USA), Nikko Ritter: 0/0/37.10

8. ILLUSION CL: 2013 KWPN stallion by Arezzo VDL x Ukato
ELLI YEAGER (USA), Elli Yeager: 0/0/37.57

9. CARLA DU MORION: 2012 mare by Ogrion Des Champs x Elan De La Cour
CARLIE FAIRTY (USA), Fairgreen Sod Farms: 0/0/37.69

10. IRONIX: 2014 SBS gelding by Curby Du Seigneur x Calvaro
CALLIE SCHOTT (USA), Southern Arches LLC: 0/0/38.44

11. CALCIET EB Z: 2013 ZANG mare by Cornet Obolensky x Berlin
ALEXIS SOKOLOV (USA), Hot Horses LLC: 0/0/38.57

12. DOLITAIRE CHAVANNAISE: 2009 SBS mare by Cicero Z Van Paemel x Voltaire
CAROLINE MAWHINNEY (USA), Caroline Mawhinney: 0/0/38.73

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