Kerins Wins $35,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix To Close the 73rd Annual
Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show
CT June 17, 2002 The sun came out for the last day
of the 73rd annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show in Darien, CT and
Darragh Kerins of Ireland beat a field of 28 entries in the $35,000
Ox Ridge Grand Prix.
Grand Prix course consisted of 13 fences and was designed by Anthony
DAmbrosio of Mount Kisco, New York.
After the first round, only 5 horses had clean rounds. McLain Ward
of Brewster, NY had two entries for the jump-off and was first and
second to go. Galant was his first ride. He had one knockdown, scoring
4 jumping faults with a time of 44.415 seconds. He came back on
Alegro and had two knockdowns for 8 faults and a time of 46.034
seconds which ultimately earned him fourth place.
Next to go was Kerins on his 14-year-old Irishbred gelding, Notre
Dame. Kerins had a no-fault ride and a time of 46.499 seconds to
take the lead. Callan Solem, riding Allison, was next. She had 12
faults and a time of 48.078, which earned her fifth place. Last
to go was Canadian Olympic veteran Mario Deslauriers with Amica.
One fence came down and his score of four faults and time of 46.247
seconds put him in third place behind Kerins and Ward.
After finishing second on Galant, Ward said, Kerins has been
knocking on my door the last couple of weeks! He deserved to win
today. When asked about the course, Ward said, The footing
was great but the fences were huge! It was a difficult course for
this Grand Prix.
The $35,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix, one of the nation's largest and
most prestigious competitions, is the highlight of the Ox Ridge
Charity Horse Show, which drew approximately 1300 horses this year.
Sponsors for the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show include Bevals
LTD, Brooks Community Newspapers, CL. Adams, Der Dau, Great Horse
Designs, House of Needlepoint, Indo-Chic Imports, Kool 96.7 FM,
Lucky Lawn Inc., Pharmacia Animal Care, Reuters, Scudder Private
Investment Counsel, and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
portion of the proceeds from the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show
benefits The Center For Hope, a counseling and support center for
children and adults, located in Darien.