Conor Swail finished the Harvest Celebration at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley the way he began it—with a win.
The Irish rider earned his third international victory of the week by topping the event’s feature class on Sunday, Sept. 26, the $150,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Vancouver, with Vital Chance de la Roque.
“I’m extremely proud [of my horse],” Swail said. “He’s had a wonderful week. [He’s been] first, second and first. He jumped so well today, I suppose he deserved [the win] for being so good.”
Swail and the 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding, also known as “Vinny,” won the $75,000 W Welcome on Thursday at tbird and finished second in Friday’s $75,000 tbird Cup.
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On Sunday, they added the week’s feature to their tally, the bay’s fourth international grand prix event since June 20. Swail’s student, Vanessa Mannix finished second, with World No. 13 Kent Farrington, taking third.
“I could feel him a little more nervous [today],” Swail said of his mount. “He had a bit more nervous energy in the warm-up and, in the ring, he was a little more aggressive than in the beginning of the week. But he knows where his legs and feet are, and he’s so careful and has so much quality.”
Swail has only been partnered with “Vinny,” whom he owns in partnership with Adeline Hecart, since the beginning of the year.
“I got him at the start of January, and I found him a little bit tricky in the beginning, but we’re really figuring each other out,” Swail said. “We seem to have found the right way to go. He’s such a wonderful horse, and his last five, six, seven shows have been exceptional.”
Goal Achieved for Kassidy Keith in $25,000 U25 League Final Powered by Grant Productions
Kassidy Keith has had her eyes on the CSIU25-A MarBill Hill U25 League Final for quite some time.
A previous winner of the series with former mount Crackerjack, she dreamed of reclaiming the title with Havana, a 9-year-old mare she has developed since she was just four years old.
Keith secured the Series with a Sunday morning victory at Thunderbird Show Park, topping a four-horse jump-off aboard her longtime mount. Her winning time over Peter Holmes’ short course was 34.13 seconds. Reid Pankewicz finished second with Barack), with Nyah Chernoff and Causality Z third.
“This series win for me with Havana means a lot, because I brought her up from such a young age,” said Keith, 23.
“She’s really near and dear to my heart, and I think she’s just going to get better. Today she tried really, really hard. She knows when it’s a special day, and she tried her heart out for me.”
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