Edited Press Release
Mark Kinsella was a force to be reckoned with in Saturday afternoon’s $75,000 Adequan® Grand Prix at Desert Holiday III. Back on the grass field, the Irishman topped a competitive field of horse-and-rider combinations aboard Ben Asselin’s Quality H, taking top honors and leading the victory lap.
Only three pairs navigated Joey Rycroft’s first-round track fault free, with Nicky Galligan being the first to do so with Javas Miss Jordan. Joining him right after and guaranteeing a jump-off was Kinsella’s student Kyara Semrau with Carola Z. Kinsella had the final spot in the jump-off, with the advantage of knowing just what needed to be done.
“I know Nicky Galligan, with his mare, is always wicked fast, so I knew I had to be quick everywhere,” Kinsella remarked on his strategy in the short course. “My horse has a very big stride, so I knew my numbers. I left out one to the combination and I left out one to the last. I thought if I did all that and I stuck to my plan I’d be there, and it paid off.”
Galligan took second, going clear in the jump-off with Javas Miss Jordan, while Kyara Semrau took third place aboard Carola Z on another double-clear effort.
Quality H earned Kinsella a big win during National Sunshine Series, and since then the horse has been competing at the CSI5* level with Kinsella in the irons.
“Quality’s been excellent,” he continued about the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (FRH Quaid x Stakkato). “He’s had a couple heavy weeks. Last Saturday he was third in the CSI5* 1.50m class, which was excellent. I just wanted to give him one more outing here on the grass. As luck played out, they had an extra show here with this nice Grand Prix, and it was a really nice way to finish the year.”
Nineteen-year-old Semrau had an emotional day in the $75,000 Adequan® Grand Prix, taking third place overall and winning the Equifit U25 Classic.
“I’ve had her for four and a half years now,” Semrau said of Carola Z. “She was off for a year and I think time off did her well because she’s jumping amazing now. Our partnership has grown, and my riding has gotten better too with the help of Mark and the team. I love her so much. She’s my heart horse. It means the world to me [to have her back]. When I ride her I feel like we have such a partnership and I’m so excited that she’s back.”
Final Results: $75,000 Adequan® Grand Prix
1. Quality H / Mark Kinsella / Ben Asselin / 0/0/35.654
2. Javas Miss Jordan / Nicky Galligan / Nicky Galligan / 0/0/36.243
3. Carola Z / Kyara Semrau / Kyara Semrau / 0/0/37.808
4. Odysseus / Kyle King / Patricia Vasey / 4/77.859
5. La Capitol / Mark Kinsella / Aleron LLC / 4/79.529
6. Gucci Musterd / Bruno Diniz Das Neves / Laura Khorshid / 4/80.953
7. Conrado 12 / Ali Ramsay / Ramsay Equestrian Inc / 4/81.231
8. Madame Unplugged / Hannah McLaughlin / Hannah McLaughlin / 5/88.424
9. Halifax VDM / Nicki Wilcox / Marjorie Martin / 6/85.602
10. Chacco Latte’ / Alexis Taylor / Aleron LLC / 8.80.856
11. Macho-Blue PS / Katie Harris / Katie Harris / 8/82.584
12. Gillion ES / Michael Williamson / Michael Williamson / 10/85.758
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