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Riders share $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix

DEL MAR — Congratulations Rusty Stewart and Bristol for their performance in the Sept. 1 $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix, presented by EQU Lifestyle Magazine at the Del Mar Horsepark. Stewart guided Bristol to the only double-clear round of the day over the large track, set by Michel Vaillancourt.It was an FEI regulated course at it’s finest with large spreads and tall verticals with an objective to shave down the field. Many pairs fell victim to the multiple combinations, while a select few had to end their day when the brick wall caused for refusal. Ashlee Bond and her mount Wistful were the only other pair to post a clear round and qualify for the jump-off. Bond was the first to return to and post an unbeatable effort, however with an unfortunate rail at the EquiFit vertical, Bond had to hope her four fault time of 41.59 would be good enough.

Stewart guided Bristol to a precise but speedy jump-off, making sure to stay close enough to Bond’s time if a rail should come down but steady enough to ride safe and keep clean. Stewart cleaned the last oxer and stopped the clock in 42.30 seconds, securing his first place victory.