One rider. Two Classic Champions Tour classes. And a pair of promising prospects.
Schuyler Riley (USA) dominated the young horse series at the inaugural Palm Beach Open at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, FL last week, capturing the championship in both the six-year-old and seven-year-old divisions.
Aboard VDL Glitter Van De Kalevalei, Riley won the $2,000 Classic Champions 6-Year-Old Jumper Time First Jump-Off class. Of the three four-fault entries to jump off for the top ribbons (none mastered the course in the first round), Riley and VDL Glitter Van De Kalevalei turned in a clear round in the jump-off to claim victory.
“We had a fabulous time out there on the grass,” said Riley. “I rode here on Friday with this mare and she was exceptional, she took second place. I was really looking forward to coming back today, and she jumped even better. I think that this is an incredibly valuable experience for a young horse, there is no better place to develop one than on this grass course.
“We actually just got Glitter about four weeks ago so we are just getting to know her. I have some training shows at my own facility on the grass, and she jumped well on the grass, so I decided that this was the perfect venue to try to bring…