Hamilton’s Aziz takes jump-off at Orangeville International

OSJT_Logo_2013Jacqueline Steffens drove away a winner at the CSI2* Orangeville International Show Jumping Tournament held Aug. 14-18 in Orangeville, ON. The 19–year-old won both the NationWide Auto Warranty ‘Win a Car’ Series as well as the Martha W. Jolicoeur Illustrated Properties Leading Lady Rider Award.

Steffens of Harriston, ON, won a 2013 Kia Rio after winning the final event in the NationWide Auto Warranty 1.20/1.30m ‘Win a Car’ Series on Sunday (Aug. 18). Steffens competed in all four qualifying events before claiming the car aboard Wupicor Warwick. She and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by her family’s Double C Farm, put in the only double-clear performance over the tracks set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela to take the top prize.

Steffens also captured the Martha W. Jolicoeur Illustrated Properties Leading Lady Rider Award after several impressive performances, including a third place finish in the $50,000 CSI2* Zucarlos Grand Prix, presented by Kubota Canada and Stewart’s Equipment, on Sunday, against a field of top professionals and Olympic veterans. The Leading Lady Rider title was presented to the female rider who earned the most prize money in the Open Jumper divisions at the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, comprised of the Summer Tournament in July and the CSI2* Orangeville International in August.

While 19-year-old Steffens rode away with two major titles to her credit, 64-year-old Hugh Graham won the week’s highlight event, the $50,000 CSI2* Zucarlos Grand Prix, presented by Kubota Canada & Stewart’s Equipment. The Canadian Olympian battled it out in a seven-horse jump-off, emerging victorious with Distant Star 3E, owned and bred by KingRidge Stables.

Rogers Television offers show jumping fans an opportunity to relive the excitement with a two and a half hour broadcast on Sunday (Aug. 25), beginning at 8 p.m.

Colombia’s Roberto Teran took the top two spots in Friday’s $25,000 Hayes Co. Open Welcome riding Woklahoma to victory for the ARK Partners LLC and also finishing second with ADC Chef Z.

Karina Aziz of Hamilton, ON, topped a three-horse jump-off riding Iron Horse Farm’s Fleur Rooster van Betz to win Saturday’s $10,000 1.40m Highland Meadows Modified Grand Prix, edging out Ryan Roy of King City, ON, and Jay Hayes of Orangeville, ON.

The champions across all divisions comprising the CSI2* Orangeville International were recognized before the start of Sunday’s Grand Prix in the Iron Horse Farm Parade of Champions. Each champion was presented with a cooler by Equitex, the official cooler of the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments.

The Antares Leading Junior/Amateur Rider Awards recognized the top four competitors, whether in jumper or hunter competition, with a $500 Antares gift certificate for the winning rider and $200 each to the second, third and fourth placed competitors. Margaret ‘Muffie’ Guthrie of Guelph, ON, was awarded a $500 gift certificate from Antares as the leading amateur rider while Megan Donati, Ashley McInnis and Karley Hopwood received gift certificates in the amount of $200 each.