Eve Jobs entered Sunday’s jump off in the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s $130,000 CSI3* Grand Prix giving up decades in experience to her foes, but the rising youngster delivered like it was…well, her job.
Riding her brilliant, push-button gelding Charleville with unshakable confidence, Jobs notched her first career Grand Prix win as she beat a field of 38 International riders and horses in Sunday’s Grand Prix presented by Split Rock Farm and Ashland Stables.
The 18-years-old from California was the second rider to enter the ring for the jump-off over a very testing course by Olympic designer Guilherme Jorge. She put her leg on the 10-year-old gelding and he exploded into action. Charleville had no trouble handling the tight turn to an imposing black wall that proved to be the nemesis of a number of promising pairs, and sped through the timers in 41.09 seconds.
“This is my first Grand Prix win so I’m over the moon,” said Jobs. “The horse was so good! I have an amazing team behind me and could not have asked for a better day. To have your first win be at this level, I am so excited. Gong second in such a big class, I was just concentrating on a good first fence, a good pace and tight turns, and I know that my horse is really fast across the ground so I was just trying to go as fast as I could and leave the jumps up. I definitely thought someone could beat me to the last fence, but the horse is really fast so I knew I would be up there in the ribbons. But I also knew that I had some insanely fast riders behind me.”
Jobs was also presented the Sophie Coppedge Walker Perpetual Trophy. This trophy was created in memory of Sophie Coppedge Walker, and is given to the winner of the $130,000 CSI 3* Grand Prix presented by Split Rock Farm and Ashland Stables, allowing Sophie’s gracious, kind and generous spirit to live on.
“I have watched Eric Navet for years,” she continued. “He has always been someone I looked up to, he rides so beautifully and Roberto Teran I watched at the Horse Park all last week and he is unbelievable. So to stand on the winner’s podium with them is amazing.”
“I leave in a week for Europe and I hope to jump some good rounds over there and keep building up with my two horses. They are phenomenal. This is such an amazing facility, I am so lucky to be here. I could not have asked for a better set up or a better send off for my trip to Europe.”
Fist Pump Award Goes To…
Ansgar Holtgers Jr. won the highly coveted Fist Pump Award sponsored by Firstflight, with quite the enthusiastic, athletic rendition. The 12-year-old is going to put the $500 in prize money to good use; he plans to spend it on his horses for things that they need.
For full results from the Lexington International and more info on future shows on the Split Rock Jumping Tour, head over splitrockjumpingtour.com.