Galway’s Andrew Bourns took Split Rock Jumping Tour by storm in recent weeks, at the brand new Brave Horse facility in Johnstown, Ohio USA.
Bourns, aboard his new mount, the eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse Ringwood Zebo (pictured above), took the win in the CSI2* Amalaya Investments Prix on Saturday, September 30th after facing off 13 top horse and rider combinations that had made it to the jump-off.
The following week, Bourns continued on a successful roll by placing second in $130,000 CSI3* 1.55m Split Rock Farm Grand Prix, this time aboard another Irish bred gelding, the nine-year-old CHS Inception (Clover Flush x Harlequin du Carel). Nine horse and rider combinations jumped clear over the opening round of the Olaf Petersen Jr. built track, including World No.1 Kent Farrington with Creedance. Bourns was fourth to go in the jump-off setting a time of 42.76 which looked unbeatable until the last rider Andrew Ramsay and Cocq a Doodle came across the line in 40.57. American rider Ali Wolff finished in third place with a time of 43.17. Bourns heads next to Tryon International Equestrian for their highly anticipated five-star show.
• Ringwood Zebo (ISH) – 2009 grey gelding by Califax (HOLST) out of Ringwood Audacity (ISH), by Sheer Danzig (TB). Bred by Erika Leonard, Co. Limerick. Owner: Deirdre Bourns. Rider: Andrew Bourns (IRL)
• CHS Inception (ISH) – 2008 bay gelding by Clover Flush (ISH) out of Bohemia (ISH), by Harlequin Du Carel (SF). Bred by Ard Ri Properties, Co. Cavan. Owner: Deirdre Bourns. Rider: Andrew Bourns (IRL)
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