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Bantry Bay V And Tory Smith Victorious at Rebecca Farm
Kalispell, MT, USA
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Bantry Bay V And Tory Smith
Bantry Bay V, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, carried his 21-year-old rider, Tory Smith of Camarillo, California, to victory in the FEI World Cup Eventing Qualifier at The 2008 Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Smith and Bantry Bay went into the arena with a 16 point lead after the overnight leader Jolie Sexson and Killian O'Connor withdrew.

Bantry Bay put in a foot perfect show jumping round to win on a score of 55.0. Smith was elated with Bantry Bay's performance. "He has springs in his feet and hates to touch a rail," she said.

Smith's longtime trainer, Debbie Rosen of Calabasas, California, and her Canadian Sport Horse gelding, The Alchemist (9), finished in second after taking down two rails. In third was Canadian International Chelan Kozak with her new ride Tasman Sea. Fourth place went to Barbara Crabo of Scottsdale, Arizona, and her Eveready.

Nine riders started in dressage on Friday with Jolie Sexon and Killian OÇonnor impressing judges Eric Smiley (IRL), Janis Linnan (USA) and Jim Graham (USA) who unanimously placed her in the lead on a 44.1. Tory Smith and Bantry Bay put in a lovely test which was awarded a 49.4 with Nicholas Cwick of Saratoga, California, earning a score of 58.3 to take third place.

Five horses jumped clear over the Mark Phillips designed cross-country course with two picking up a refusal each. One was the third placed Asterix who drifted slightly off his line and missed the skinny jumping out of the Trout Pond. Bantry Bay V and Smith added just 5.6 time penalties to their dressage score which was the fastest round with the exception of Sexon and Killian O'Çonnor who picked up just 2.8 time penalties.

Riders were full of praise for the footing and the cross-country course which Chelan Kozak called "absolutely perfect. We put our hearts and souls into these horses and to be able to ride on footing that is so perfect and over fences that have been so well designed and built is such a privilege."

Only five horses came forward to the show jumping after Jolie Sexon and Josh Barnacle withdrew Killian O'Çonnor and Florestan du Serin overnight. Unfortunately, Nick Cwick and Asterix were eliminated for starting before the bell which left just the four to finish.

Richard Jeffrey's beautifully designed course took its toll with both Barbra Crabo's Eveready and Chelan Kozak's Tasman Sea taking down four poles each. The Alchemist and Debbie Rosen looked all set to jump clear but a minor loss of concentration resulted in two poles down. Bantry Bay and Tory Smith never looked like touching a rail and laid claim to the CIC3*-W with a beautiful clear round.

The 2008 Event at Rebecca Farm enjoyed clear skies and good weather, increased attendance, enthusiastic and supportive spectators.  Tory Smith: "I love the grounds here. The people here are extremely nice; everyone is really friendly. The organization is great."

Also running this weekend was the FEI World Cup Eventing Qualifier in Warwick, Queensland, Australia. The next qualifier will take place at Martinvast, France on August 20-24.


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