Lindsey Paton and Capilano HF Taste Sweet Victory in the $2,500 Sapphire Tour Welcome CSI3*, Sponsored by Osphos
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THERMAL, Calif. – February 27, 2020 – Lindsey Paton (CAN) and her own Capilano HF led the victory gallop in the $2,500 Sapphire Tour Welcome, sponsored by Osphos, with a short-course time of 29.37 seconds. Richard Fellers (USA) piloted Rob Bruce’s Mojo (Montender x Reichsgraf) to a second-place finish with a jump-off time of 30.92 seconds while Keean White (CAN) and Vampyr van de Rib (Roccossifred x Gratianus), owned by Alexandra Millar, were awarded third for their performance with a time of 33.291 seconds in the short-course.
Twenty-five pairs challenged the CSI3* course designed by Bernardo Cabral (POR) with 13 continuing onto the short-course. “I thought it was a really great course and a good course to start the week with,” Peton commented after her winning round. “I thought there were some good opportunities to make up some time in the speed section with some of the inside turns – I love the way the course was set.”
Paton has been paired with the 2008 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding (Capone I x Colonel Rae XX) since he was four years old. “I’ve had him off and on throughout his life and last year was our first year moving up into the FEI division,” Paton shared. “He’s been great, he’s half Thoroughbred so he’s smart, he’s fast, he’s careful and I know him really well, so classes like this where it’s a little fast and has some inside turns, I know can really trust him.”
The win was a little extra special today, as it was also Paton’s birthday, “I definitely woke up thinking it would be fun to win class, it was an awesome birthday present and a great way to start the week,” Paton concluded.
About Desert International Horse Park
With nearly 1.3 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America. Offering multiple weeks of world-class equestrian competition from October through March, the facility is a destination location for thousands of equestrians, their horses, family and friends for several months annually. Competitors from all over the world travel to Thermal, CA to not only compete but to enjoy everything the desert has to offer.