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If you have to slow down with her, it definitely takes a half a second from you when you have to add a stride. Also, she jumps quite high, so all those inches and extra strides make a big difference to her. You have other horses that naturally are quick and can add a little stride here and there, like McLain’s horse [‘Catoki’], who is super quick without leaving out strides. For a class like this, to win it, it has to all show up,” said Sweetnam.
The $500,000 five-star Rolex Grand Prix took place in Florida on Friday evening, with a strong group of Irish riders competing for a slice of the huge prize fund.
Friday, March 26
$37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Classic CSI5*: 1) Indra Van De Oude Heihoef: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-Breaker, Shane Sweetnam (IRL), The Blue Buckle Group: 0/61.26; 2) Chacco Kid: 2006 Oldenburg by Chacco Blue x Come On, Eric Lamaze (CAN), Chacco Kid Group: 0/62.24; 3) Hungry Heart: 2012 SWB gelding by Baltimore 1178 x Loucaibo, Jessica Springsteen (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/63.10; 4) Oak Grove’s Laith: 2011 Selle Français gelding by London x Sirene De Riverland, Abdel Said (EGY), AS Sporthorses: 0/64.09; 5) Kiana Van Het Herdershof: 2010 BWP mare by Toulon x Starlight VD Hemelseschoot, Daniel Deusser (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/64.29; 6) Vienna: 2011 Hanoverian mare by Valentino x Leena J, Tiffany Foster (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/64.59.