Wandering through the barn at the Longines LA Masters is just walking into like any other barn—any other barn that's temporarily set up in the middle of a huge metropolitan city and houses many of the most precious show jumpers on the planet, that is.
It’s only been a month since Bertram Allen broke his collarbone in a fall at the Treffen CSI***** (Austria), but he hasn't let that slow him down.
The Irish phenom topped the $130,000 Longines Speed Challenge at today’s Longines Los Angeles Masters in a blazing round aboard Quiet Easy 4 against a start list chock full of serious competitors. He stopped the clock ahead of world No. 1 Scott Brash and Hello Annie, with Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci and Cuarta coming third.
Quentin Judge started his week at the Longines LA Masters out right, winning the first CSI***** class of the competition. He tacked up HH Fyloe to top the Hollywood Reporter Cup against 33 top competitors.
“It’s not the biggest class of the week—it’s a training class for most horses,” said Judge. “But this is right in his zone and I let him go and we got a good result the first day.”
Back in July of 2002, Richard Spooner dominated the North American Tournament at Spruce Meadows, winning both the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Chrysler Classic Derby on his horse of a lifetime, Robinson.
But the round everyone was talking about, and has been shown by countless equitation teachers to their students—it has nearly 480,000 views on YouTube—was on Incento.
The Chronicle’s Molly Sorge was on the scene and reported on the incident for theJuly 19, 2002 issue:
When Kelly McKnight prepares to go into the show ring to compete Zan Chin in a speed class, he always attracts attention. After all, most horses go in with serious hardware in their mouths, whereas it looks like McKnight is riding his mare out to the paddock for her afternoon turnout.
Mandy Porter and Eminent snagged a victory in the $40,000 Bentley of San Francisco and Bentley of Los Gatos Grand Prix at Menlo Park Charity Horse show. They galloped to the top of a six-horse jump-off, edging out Kristin Hardin and Bert by less than .2 seconds, with Daniel Zilla and Venice B taking third.
David Murdoch owns Eminent, an Oldenburg mare (Larino—Gratina) who has been competing in California at the 1.40-meter level since last fall.