This victory increases Ward’s lead in the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge with a total of 338 points. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) has moved into second place with 190 points, and Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) is third with 160 points.
Later in the day, 34 riders took on the $10,000 Lugano Diamonds Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner Show Jumping Derby Welcome Stake, a 13-effort 1.40m course also designed by Alan Wade.
Zayna Rizvi of Fairfield, Conn., rode to a 1-3 finish aboard Peacock Ridge LLC’s Excellent and North Run Inc.’s Quivive S Z with times of 55.196 and 57.077 seconds, respectively. Alexa Lignelli of New York, N.Y., piloted Hampton Green Farm LLC’s Darc Kiss Z to second place, stopping the clock at 56.935 seconds.
“On my first horse (Quivive S Z), I went pretty fast,” Rizvi said. “Then Alexa went and was even faster, so I was a little nervous. I didn’t know if I could beat her time. My second horse (Excellent) has a massive stride, and he loves to go, which definitely helped me out. It was so much fun out there. I really liked this course today and think it worked well for us.”