Liz Halliday-Sharp was the pillar to post winner of the inaugural $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field
Riding Fernhill By Night, Halliday-Sharp took the lead after dressage, scoring 28.7, and never looked back. After cruising around Michel Vaillancourt’s show jumping course, all that stood between the pair and the top spot on the podium was Captain Mark Phillips’s showcase cross-country course.
The 2200 metre track featured 22 jumping efforts with an optimum time of 4:11. Liz and Blackie made easy work of the course in a very snappy 3:58. In addition to claiming her share of the $50,000 prize purse, Liz represented the Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) in the event’s Ride for Charity and earned the organization a cheque for $2,500.
After her win, Halliday-Sharp heaped praised on Blackie, saying he was atotal superstar from start to finish and really deserved the win!
Doug Payne and Vandiver took second place finishing on their dressage score of 30.8, moving up from third in the show jumping phase. Back from a minor stifle issue that kept the gelding out of competition most of the past year, Quinn and Doug looked better than ever this weekend and earned their Ride for Charity organization, Home 4 Good Dogs a $1,500 cheque.
British rider William Fox-Pitt made the trip to America to compete in Aiken’s first ever eventing showcase. Fox-Pitt borrowed Chris Talley’s top horse, Sandro’s Star. The pair were a crowd favourite and clinched third place finish with a speedy 3:55 cross-country round to finish on their dressage score of 31.3. Mental Health America was the lucky third place charity and came away with a $1,000 cheque.