Show Jumping

Billy Dorito Brings Home the Cheddar

Suggested barn name: "Zesty Cheese" ©Sportfot

Show jumping snack trigger Billy Dorito captured his second victory of the 2019 Wellington season on Wednesday.

Ridden by Ireland’s Darragh Kenny, the nine-year-old bay Anglo European Studbook gelding topped a field of 13 with a clear round in 26.111 seconds to capture the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Open Jumper class, Week 2 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). 

It’s the pair’s second victory in as many weeks. 

The Friday prior, Kenny and Billy Dorito took the blue in the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge.

“He’s very quick across the ground and super careful so it is easy to go fast with him,” explained the Irish rider, who campaigns the horse for owner Teddy Vlock. “I think he’s going to be a really special horse; he’s very competitive so I’m interested to see how the future goes for him.”

Kenny did not offer an explanation for the horse’s unusual name, nor preferred flavor of chip.

Second place went to Laura Chapot (USA) and the 12-year-old Anglo-European mare, Out of Ireland with a clear in 26.998 seconds. Wilhelm Genn (GER) on Eduardo Leon’s Dirocco Blue took third with two faults in 29.382 seconds.