The first 2022 CCI 5*-L took place at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington this weekend. Michael Jung, leading in dressage, kept his result after two other tests. Tied with Fischer Chipmunk FRH, the German set a new record at this level of competition by finishing with a score of 20.1 points, eleven points ahead of Britain’s Yasmine Ingham, finishing second with Selle Français Banzaï du Loir.
For their first CCI 5*-L, Michael Jung and Fischer Chipmunk FRH (Han, Contendro I x Heraldik) were flawless throughout the competition, maintaining a staggering 20.1 points to the end, a new record at this level of competition. Britain’s Yasmine Ingham, associated with Banzaï du Loir (SF, Nouma d’Auzay x Livarot), finished second with 31.7 points, ahead of American Doug Payne and Quantum Leap (DSP, Quite Capitol x Corporate Report) with 38.4 points . “I felt very good during the warm-up, which relaxed me a little, but the pressure was still there. It was sort of a test before the World Championships later this year. (in September in Pratoni del Vivaro, editor’s note)”, declared the winner. “So I tried to focus on my horse. He is incredible… I was able to fully enjoy every challenge of this competition.” he added.
This is the fourth win for the German, a three-time Rocana FST winner in 2015, 2016 and 2017 on Kentucky grass, placing him second behind American legend Bruce O. Davidson, who has five victories to his credit. This is his eighth CCI5*-L win for the two-time Olympian and World Champion, putting him on par with New Zealander Mark Todd. Only the British giant William Fox-Pitt has more – fourteen. A dedication to Chipmunk, a fourteen year old gelding owned by Sabine and Klaus Fischer, Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff and the German Olympic Committee for Equestrianism (DOKR), who teamed up to get him to be number six in the world. and that he is still available for the German team that he integrated with Julia Krajewski. “I always try to do my best. That’s why I wake up every morning to go to the stable, whether it’s rain, wind or snow.” – said the four-time Olympic medalist. “This is a special moment for me and I have to thank my entire team for helping me train my horses and get them to this level. And a big thank you to the Fischer Group for keeping this horse in Germany and giving me the opportunity to ride such an incredible horse.” entrusted to a rider of thirty-nine years.
“If someone told me that I would finish second behind Michael Jung, I would not believe it.” – Yasmine Ingham.
During last night’s show jumping in Kentucky, clean rounds were rare. Yasmine Ingham was penalized 0.8 time points, but her result allowed her to finish second after American Boyd Martin and Cecerleg TSF (ATA, Windfall 2 x Buddenbrock) knocked down two bars to finish fourth. “If someone told me that I would finish second behind Michael Young, I would not believe it. I have to thank everyone involved with Banzaï. He is so special and really deserves this result. Without our team, this would not have been possible.”Yasmine Ingham said. A red gelding owned by Jeanette Chinn and Sue Davis competed in his first CCI 5*-L. For UK-based Amazon, this was only the second experience at 5*, a level it discovered in 2020 in Pau. “I have complete confidence in this horse. He performed very well all weekend and it was amazing to pass all three tests of such an incredible event. The trip here was not out of the blue, but we were so welcome. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible. I’m very grateful to be here.” concluded a young rider of twenty-four years.
Pleased with his performance with Quantum Leap, Doug Payne achieved a double clean round to secure the podium. “We bought Quantum Leap when he was weaned by his breeder, Elizabeth Callahan. We now have four horses that she raised. (including his two CCI 4*-S mounts, Starr Witness and Camarillo, editor’s note). This became the starting point of our cooperation. The fact that it has come this far has exceeded my expectations and it continues to improve. For an eleven year old horse with only a third CCI 5*, I couldn’t ask for more. I’m so grateful for our owner group (including Rider, his wife Jessica and Susan Drillock, editor’s note). It’s amazing to be here and be able to ride such great horses and so many people come together to make this happen. I would just like to thank them.”said the forty-year-old American.
Vandiver’s last lap
In addition, he announced the departure of Vandiver (Trak, Windfall 2 x Mystic Replica), his longtime partner and mount at the Tokyo Olympics, with whom he had a difficult weekend, finishing twenty-fourth. “This is a very difficult day to the point where it’s hard for me to say how I feel at this moment. I’ll get back to this in a few days. It’s a job for life, but I always strive to do better. The thing is, Vandiver is retiring and another horse with an incredibly bright future is taking his place… I would like to focus on that.” concluded the American.
The show jumping course, designed by Steve Stevens, finished with only six clean rounds. The awards ceremony also became an opportunity to award other winners. This year Yasmine Ingham was the best young rider and Jung was the best foreign rider. Canadian Lisa Marie Fergusson of Honor Me, son of Welsh Brinard Brenin Ap Muldwin and mother of Thoroughbred Royal Chocolate, took home the award for Best Owner Rider, finishing in nineteenth place. The grooms of the top three horses were also awarded cash and prizes for Lena Steger (Fischer Chipmunk FRH), Alison Bell (Banzaï du Loir) and Courtney Carson (Quantum Leap). In the team competition, the German-Irish-New Zealand team of Michael Young, Joseph Murphy and Jonel Price won with a score of 133.5 points, ahead of the British team of Yasmine Ingham, Pippa Fannell, Sarah Bullimore and Leslie Lowe (141.2). and an American team of Boyd Martin, William Coleman, Doug Payne and Tamra Smith (166.3).