It was a mixed field of competitors at the 2015 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon, with both Olympic veterans and riders new to the Grand Prix scene competing for the $100,000 purse. The course, designed by Michel Vaillancourt, claimed several victims in the first round, including both of McLain Ward’s two mounts Rothchild and HH Ashley. Many of the more experienced riders were struggling through the tricky triple combination set late in the course, with many horses knocking rails and several others refusing. Local Chester County, PA rider Callan Solem had an excellent clear round on her horse VDL Wizard, and soared over the last fence to the sound of the cheering crowd.
However, the stars of the night were the several rookie riders just beginning to come up from the Junior ranks. Kelli Cruciotti, Michael Hughes, and Kaitlin Cambpell all put in beautifully ridden clean rounds, setting the stage for what was to be a competitive jump-off against riders with decades more experience in the Grand Prix ring.
Callan Solem set the pace at a quick 42 seconds over the jump-off course, but her time was soon beaten as each successive rider clocked a faster and faster time. When 17-year-old Kelli Cruciotti and her mare Chamonix H got their chance to tackle the jump-off, the crowd was witness to a blazing-fast and accurate round clocking in at just over 38 seconds. It was only her second Grand Prix class with her talented mare, and no one could touch their time.
Cruciotti showered Chamonix H with affection after each round, leaving the ring with her arms wrapped around the horse’s neck and a grin from ear-to-ear. It was a momentous win for the young rider, and she is sure to continue achieving great things in the future! Congratulations to Kelli and Chamonix H on their very first Devon Grand Prix win!
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