The grand prix jumpers got booted out of their usual Saturday night slot in the international ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival for a good cause—tonight costumed teams of riders will jump for various nonprofits in costume in the Great Charity Challenge. So the $205,000 CSI**** Net Jets Grand Prix was instead held on the massive grass derby field across the street from the main horse show.
The turf was perfect for a fast galloping track and Israel’s Daniel Bluman ran away with the win aboard his partner of the past eight years, Sancha LS.
Nine horses from the original start list of 40 qualified for the jump-off and Bluman nearly botched his chances to win at the very start of the short course.
“I wanted to take a risk from [Fence 1] to 2; I wanted to try to do one less [stride],” Bluman explained. “I don’t know if I achieved it or not—I lost my concentration and nearly ended up in the standard of jump No. 1, but that was one risk I planned to make.”