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VIDEO: Aldergrove rider Kassidy Keith does it again at tbird

Wins back to back grand prix events for second week – and second year – in a row

Kassidy Keith and Havana are two for two at tbird, winning the grand prix for the second week in a row on Saturday, April 27.

Winning Round: Kassidy Keith & Havana, tbird Grand Prix from Chris Pack on Vimeo.

“I would say that at 1.40m, Havana is always on her game,” Keith said.

“I can trust her 100 per cent, and I can always count on a clear round.”

They captured the Grand Prix 1.40m at tbird’s Spring Festival, securing victory in the show’s feature class for the second consecutive week.

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It was familiar territory for the pair.

Keith and Havana also kicked off the season last year with back-to-back Grand Prix wins at the same two shows.

On this occasion, the pair bested a six-horse jump-off and won comfortably, crossing the timers of Kirsten Rodel’s short course in 40.83 seconds.

Havana has been with Keith’s since age four.

Developed by the 26-year-old rider up to the four-star level, the 12-year-old mare is something of a 1.40m specialist.

In 29 international starts at that height, the pair boasts a 59 per cent clear round average and average just 1.5 faults, according to Jumpr App.

Keith also took sixth in the same Saturday grand prix event, riding Fenelon.

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On Friday, April 26, Keith and Fobi AI, a Vancouver-based AI and data intelligence company, signed a two-year sponsorship agreement that will see Keith will wear and showcase the Fobi logo at competitions and industry events.

Additionally, Fobi and Keith will launch a fan pass that offers exclusive content such as tutorial training videos, sponsor promotions, special offers, industry news, and more.

“Fans can look forward to upcoming shows, Keith’s placings, and behind-the-scenes footage, including mic’d-up rounds,” the announcement said.

Fobi CEO Rob Anson said “I strongly believe that Kassidy not only possesses remarkable talent, but her fierce competitive spirit and drive align perfectly with our company’s values. This collaboration presents an excellent opportunity to connect with an audience that shares our vision and to further promote Fobi AI’s support in the sports and entertainment industry.”

Keith said Keith described herself as “excited about the direction Fobi is taking, especially their commitment to supporting women athletes like myself and enhancing the experience at our facilities and competition venues.”

Earlier, on April 15, Fobi announced a two-year agreement with Thunderbird Show Park (or the 2024 and 2025 show seasons to provide digital credentials for tbird show attendees, exhibitors, VIPs, and sponsors, along with a newly enhanced digital ticketing platform to support the sale of online event ticket purchases.

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