The 16-effort, 1.60m course designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade featured several rollback turns, a double combination, and a triple combination. In the jump-off, the turn from the Jaguar obstacle to the red fence before the final jump home was where Ward felt he made a mistake.
“No one had done the seven (strides) from Jump 1 to 2, which we knew was an option in the course walk,” Ward said. “I was 90 percent committed and I did it, but I did it late. Then I ended up going quite wide through the turn, and I just tried to be neat and efficient after that. When I landed from the last jump, I knew I’d left the door open.”
Although Bluman admitted he wasn’t thinking much during his round and was just trying to go as fast as possible, Gemma W answered every question he asked of her. “Gemma has been with us since she was five years old,” he said. “From the beginning, I knew she was very special and athletic. She wants to do the job, and she wants to leave the jumps up all the time. She’s scopey and careful, and I believe she has a great mind and a great heart.”
The Grand Prix was also a part of the Jump for JustWorld Program. For every clear jump over the Jaguar obstacle, Jaguar/Land Rover of Long Island supported JustWorld International by donating money to help fund a child to go to school for one year. By the end of the class, Jaguar donated a total of $10,000.
A different competition, the Hampton Cottages & Gardens Table Décor Awards, took place in the VIP Tent during Sunday’s final class. LoveShackFancy, Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s lifestyle and travel-inspired clothing brand, took blue-ribbon honors for having the best-decorated table.